COVID-19 pandemic in Antarctica

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COVID-19 pandemic in Antarctica
Chilean Antarctica in Antarctica.svg
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseBase General Bernardo O'Higgins, Chilean Antarctic Territory
Arrival date21 December 2020
(5 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago)
Confirmed cases58
Active cases0

The COVID-19 pandemic in Antarctica is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Antarctica was the last continent to have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and was one of the last regions of the world affected by the pandemic.[1][2][3]

The first cases were reported in December 2020, almost a year after the first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Taylor, Adam; Pitrelli, Stefano (March 24, 2020). "One continent remains untouched by the coronavirus: Antarctica". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  2. Torres, Elle (March 20, 2020). "What life is like on Antarctica, the only continent without a case of coronavirus". ABC News. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  3. Agence France-Presse (March 31, 2020). "Pacific islands, Antarctic bases: coronavirus-free living in some of Earth's most isolated places". South China Morning Post. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  4. "Reportan brote de coronavirus en base chilena en la Antártida". infobae (in Spanish). 2020-12-21. Retrieved 2020-12-21.