Antarctica: Outpost hit by Covid-19 outbreak

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Belgian scientific research station in Antarctica is dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19, despite workers being fully vaccinated and based in one of the world’s remotest regions. Since 14 December, at least 16 of the 25 workers at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station have caught the virus. Officials say cases remain mild so far. ‘The situation isn’t dramatic,’ Joseph Cheek, a project manager for the International Polar Foundation, told the BBC. ‘While it has been an inconvenience to have to quarantine certain members of the staff who caught the virus, it hasn’t significantly affected our work at the station overall.’ ‘All residents of the station were offered the opportunity to leave on a scheduled flight on 12 January. However, they all expressed their wish to stay and continue their work,’ he added.” (01/02/22)