9 evacuated as Covid-19 hits Antarctic research base

A March 5, 2014 picture shows a general view of the Argentinian Esperanza military base from the Brazilian Navy’s Oceanographic Ship Ary Rongel in Antarctica. Nine members of the Argentine base La Esperanza, in Antarctica, had to be evacuated to Buenos Aires due to an outbreak of Covid-19. – AFP pic, January 21, 2022.

FOR the first time since the start of the pandemic the coronavirus has reached an Argentine research base in Antarctica, causing the evacuation of nine unvaccinated workers who tested positive for Covid-19, an official said yesterday.

Twenty-four of the 43 scientists and military officers resident at Argentina’s La Esperanza base have been infected, Patricia Ortuzar of the government’s National Directorate of the Antarctic told AFP.

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