The first team to take part in the “curled” international Antarctic season will arrive in New Zealand from the US on Friday, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement.
Upon arrival, scientists and staff will undergo a 14-day quarantine at their own expense and will be tested twice for Covid-19 before heading to the icy continent on August 24, BTA reports.
"Antarctica is the only continent without COVID-19", Peters said. New Zealand's support for Antarctic stations is crucial for the safety and well-being of people, including New Zealanders, and for the continuation of important long-term scientific activity,” Peters notes.
In the typical Antarctic season, which runs from August to March, more than 3000 scientists and staff usually participate. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number in the current season is expected to be around 800.
Scientists will return to the only continent without COVID-19 - Antarctica
To keep the continent safe from COVID-19, scientists heading to Antarctica will first be quarantined in New Zealand, DPA reported, citing the country's government.tags:
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