Antarctica was the last know COVID-19 free continent. Recently, the resonant virus flourished in the deserted continent as well so technically all the seven continents are under the peril of coronavirus leading a global pandemic.
Thirty-six people including twenty-six army personnel and ten civilians (maintenance workers) got affected by the wave of the virus. They're reported to have tested positive on December 21, 2020, at the Chilean Base, Bernardo O'Higgins research station. It is located near the tip of a peninsula in northernmost Antarctica. It is managed by the Chilean army.
The virus was spread by the crewmen after Chile's navy confirmed three cases on a ship that had taken supplies and personnel to the research station. Informed, Chilean Antarctic Institute to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs. Sargento Aldea arrived at the research station on November 27, 2020, and sailed back to Chile on December 10, 2020. Three of its crew tested positive upon their return to the Chilean naval base in Talcahuano.
According to the regional health secretary Eduardo Castillo, another case has been reported at an Antarctic village where Sargento docked.
The pandemic had flourished majestically. More than 77 million cases of the virus have been reported across 200 countries. And more than 1.7 million people are estimated to have died affected by the virus.