More than half of the scientists at a remote Antarctic research station have been infected with Covid-19 and are in isolation. 

The Princess Elizabeth Polar Station has reported that 16 of the 25 crew have caught the virus since the first reported case on December 14.  

All members of staff at the facility have been vaccinated and all tested negative before joining the station. 

More than half of the scientists at the Princess Elizabeth Polar Station on Antarctica have tested positive for Covid-19 since the middle of December when new crew members joined the team

More than half of the scientists at the Princess Elizabeth Polar Station on Antarctica have tested positive for Covid-19 since the middle of December when new crew members joined the team

More than half of the scientists at the Princess Elizabeth Polar Station on Antarctica have tested positive for Covid-19 since the middle of December when new crew members joined the team

More than half of the scientists at an Antarctic research station have tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and living in one of the most remote places on the globe, file photograph

More than half of the scientists at an Antarctic research station have tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and living in one of the most remote places on the globe, file photograph

More than half of the scientists at an Antarctic research station have tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and living in one of the most remote places on the globe, file photograph

However, the first positive cases were reported seven days after some new members of crew arrived. 

The affected crew members have been placed in isolation – although the virus managed to infect at least half of the people at the station. 

The Princess Elizabeth Polar Station is run 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 locations in the world.   

None of those infected have reported any serious illness and nobody has yet asked to be evacuated from the ice station. 

Joseph Cheek, a project manager with the International Polar Foundation told the BBC: ‘The situation isn’t dramatic.

‘While it has been an inconvenience to have to quarantine certain members of the staff who caught the virus, it hasn’t significantly affected our work at the station overall. 

‘All residents of the station were offered the opportunity to leave on a scheduled flight on January 12. However, they all expressed their wish to stay and continue their work.’ 

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