A research station in Antarctica is battling a coronavirus outbreak, with at least 16 of the 25 workers testing positive for the virus.
Princess Elisabeth Polar Station, a Belgian facility, has strict rules in place to avoid this COVID-19 Infections, reported Le Soir.
According to the magazine, the first positive case was found on December 14 in members of a team who had arrived at the facility a week earlier after traveling from South Africa.
Two other members of the tour group then tested positive.
All three were evacuated on December 23, but other workers continued to contract COVID.
All team members have received two doses of the vaccine and none of those who have the virus have any severe symptoms, Le Soir reported.
The station has two on-site emergency doctors, equipment to treat people with severe symptoms, and the ability to analyze PCR tests.
Workers must present a negative test before traveling from Belgium to South Africa, while in South Africa they must quarantine and test negative before traveling on to Antarctica.
The more easily transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus was identified for the first time in South Africa.
Arrival at the station, the world’s first zero-emission polar research station, has been banned until the outbreak has stopped.