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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Feb 21):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 11,17,07,442; Total Deaths: 24,73,463 Recovered: 8,68,78,799 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 7,52,379; Total Deaths: 21,887 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 1,01,39,148; Total deaths: 2,46,006 CANADA:- Total Cases: 8,43,301; Total Deaths: 21,630 CHINA:- Total Cases: 89,831 ; Total Deaths: 4,636 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 35,83,135; Total Deaths: 84,147 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 23,88,417 Total Deaths: 68,343 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,09,91,651; Total Deaths: 1,56,339 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 12,78,653; Total Deaths: 34,489 IRAN:- Total Cases: 15,66,081; Total Deaths: 59,409 ITALY:- Total Cases: 27,95,796; Total Deaths: 95,486 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 4,23,311; Total Deaths: 7,333 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 20,38,276; Total Deaths: 1,79,797 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 10,51,965; Total Deaths: 15,200 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 5,61,169; Total Deaths: 12,088 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 41,64,726; Total Deaths: 83,293 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 86,992; Total Deaths: 1,557 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 31,33,122; Total Deaths: 67,101 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 6,31,166 Total Deaths: 12,649 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 5,47,775; Total Deaths: 9,886 UAE:- Total Cases: 3,68,175; Total Deaths: 1,108 UK:- Total Cases: 41,05,675; Total Deaths: 1,20,365; US:- Total Cases: 2,87,06,473; Total Deaths: 5,09,875 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Covid reaches Antarctica - The last continent falls to the pandemic
The Chilean research base on the Antarctic on Monday reported 26 members of the army and 10 maintenance workers contracted coronavirus. They have been evacuated from the Bernardo O'Higgins base back to Chile. /div>

SANTIAGO, Dec 23: The only continent left out has now been invaded by the invincible coronavirus - Antarctica. Because there are no outside contacts, it was thought to be the safest place, with only a limited number of people coming in and going back.

The infection has been reported from the Chilean research base. A total of 36 people tested positive for covid. They included 26 members of the Chilean army and 10 maintenance workers. They have somehow been evacuated from the Bernardo O'Higgins base back to Chile. The incidence of infection occurred despite the precautions the stations had taken like stopping tourism and reducing the activities.

However, the residents of the continent marked by darkness, oceans and mountains of ice knew if they caught the virus somehow it would be difficult to deal with as there are no medical facilities except a doctor per station. Especially if in winter it would be difficult to travel back home.

Twenty-eight countries like Australia, US, Italy, Germany, France, Britain have research stations on Antarctica, the southern end of the earth. They stand afar from each other. The communication among them and with the world outside is through satellite phones and internet. The researchers stay for a few seasons and return. Most of them return when winter sets in. In winter it is quite dark too. This year, concerned over coronavirus reaching there, most people have left before the onset of winter. They had a covid screening system for newcomers.

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