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The Belgian polar station has become the epicenter of the spread of the Corona virus

The Belgian polar station has become the epicenter of the spread of the Corona virus

Despite the strict measures, two-thirds of the people at the station are infected.

Brussels. Despite the very strict measures, it is My corona virus Two-thirds of people currently at Princess Elizabeth’s polar station in Antarctica have been infected, the Belgian news agency reported on Tuesday.

The first positive case was discovered on December 14, among the polar explorers who arrived at the station seven days earlier.

The infected person was immediately placed in quarantine. After that, tests revealed that other researchers were infected with the Corona virus. All three were evacuated on December 23.

But since then, the virus has spread to a polar station with 25 people on board, and two-thirds of the polar explorers have now been infected. However, they do not have any serious symptoms yet.

Belga said five other polar explorers were outside the station on the expedition.

According to an unnamed virologist, there is a high chance that people at the station have the variant Omicron, where this represents 99 percent of cases in Republic of South AfricaWhich was the expedition’s last stop before it reached Antarctica.

There are two doctors at the polar station, Belga said, and there are all the equipment needed for treatment and PCR tests.

All employees currently working at the station received two doses VaccinesOne person even had a booster dose, said Alan Hubert, the station’s executive operator in charge of security measures.

On Monday, the Arctic Secretariat’s Strategic Council decided to keep existing staff in place, but prevented new people from entering the station before the outbreak ended.

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This regulation will apply at least until January 12, which is the expected date of the arrival of the two new missions.

Belga said the search season at Princess Elizabeth’s station will be shortened this year.

The Princess Elisabeth station in Belgium has a futuristic look and is the first zero-emissions science station in Antarctica.

Since its opening in 2009, it has been operating exclusively on solar and wind energy. Despite its presence, it does not have heating: it uses waste heat from electrical systems and human activity, and perfect wall insulation reduces heat loss to almost zero.