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Antarctica reports first COVID cases

Antarctica reports first COVID cases
The Chilean army said that 36 infections have been reported at the General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme research base.

COVID-19 has now spread to every continent in the world, after 36 infections were reported at a Chilean research base in Antarctica.On Monday, the Chilean Army said that 36 people working at the General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme research base had been infected with the deadly coronavirus.COVID-19 has now spread to every continent in the world, after 36 infections were reported at a Chilean research base in Antarctica.That includes 26 military personnel, as well as 10 civilians “from a contractor company that was carrying out scheduled maintenance work at the Antarctic base.

According to the Punta Arenas newspaper La Prensa Austral, the Chilean Army has ordered the immediate replacement of the 2020 crew, bringing back 60 military personnel and 24 civilians who were currently at the base.” “Thanks to the timely preventive action,” the army said in a statement Monday, “it was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to a medical control and the administration of a PCR test .

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