More than half of the entire crew of the Princess Elizabeth Antarctic Ice Station contract the coronavirus – even though it is in one of the most remote places in the world
- Scientists at the Princess Elizabeth Polar Research Station in Antarctica are sick
- The first case of Covid-19 at the remote site was reported on December 14th
- Since then, at least 16 of the 25 crew members have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus
- Officials at the station say no one is seriously ill and remains fully functional
More than half of the scientists at a remote Antarctic research station are infected with Covid-19 and are isolated.
The Princess Elizabeth polar station has reported that 16 of the 25 crew members have contracted the virus since the first reported case on December 14th.
All of the facility’s staff have been vaccinated and all tested negative before entering the station.
More than half of the scientists at the Princess Elizabeth Polar Station in Antarctica have tested positive for Covid-19 since mid-December when new crew members joined the team
More than half of the scientists at an Antarctic research station tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and living in one of the most remote places in the world, file photo
However, the first positive cases were reported seven days after some new crew members arrived.
The affected crew members were isolated – although the virus managed to infect at least half of the people on the station.
The Princess Elizabeth Polar Station is operated by the International Polar Association and has Belgian scientists.
The virus was able to infect workers at the station, which is one of the most remote places in the world.
None of the infected has reported serious illness and no one has asked to be evacuated from the ice station.
Joseph Cheek, a project manager at the International Polar Foundation, told the BBC: “The situation is not dire.
“Although it was an inconvenience to have to quarantine certain employees who were infected with the virus, it has not significantly affected our work on the ward as a whole.
“All residents of the station were given the opportunity to leave on a scheduled flight on January 12th. However, they all expressed a wish to stay and continue their work.”