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First Covid-19 cases recorded in Antarctica
General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme Base
General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme Base Credit: Stone Monki, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Antarctica has recorded its first cases of Covid-19 after 36 people got infected with the virus at a Chilean General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme research base. Antarctica had previously been the only continent free of Covid-19.

Among those infected are 26 members of the Chilean army and 10 maintenance workers. They have been evacuated to Punta Arena, Chile and are currently in quarantine and in reportedly good conditions.

"Thanks to the timely preventive action … it was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to a medical control and the administration of a PCR test ... turned out to be positive for Covid-19," the Chilean army said in a statement.