Antarctica is the only continent in the world not to be affected by the coronavirus, which has already affected more than 100,000 people around the world.
British Antarctic scientists have revealed that their team has enough food to survive “for years” on the frozen continent if the coronavirus epidemic escalates.
Rothera station chief Michael Brian also said that strict protocols have been put in place to protect the team of 140 people at the base.
They have a high risk of catching the virus if it arrives on the continent because they share a food hall and live near the base where outside temperatures can drop to -20 degrees Celsius.
Other measures to be applied by the British Antarctic Survey include the isolation of anyone with a cold, as these can spread quickly on the base.
“We are well protected here and have good procedures in place to take care of our health, but our main concern is for friends and family at home, and we are interested to see how the epidemic unfolds in the rest of the world, ”said Brian.
“If the coronavirus epidemic continues to escalate and affect fuel and food lines in Antarctica, the base has a contingency plan to” get out of the storm “.”