All staff members preparing to depart to the station had to undergo a PCR test in Belgium two hours before leaving for South Africa, take a PCR test five days after their arrival in Cape Town, where they also had to quarantine for ten days. Another test was required when leaving Cape Town for Antarctica and another PCR test had to be undergone five days after arrival.
Despite the strict measures, one positive case was detected on 14 December among a group of people who had arrived at the base seven days earlier, and although this person was immediately placed in isolation, tests revealed that two others had also contracted the virus.
All three people were evacuated on 23 December, but the virus continued to circulate. [...] According to Hubert, all polar stations open in Antarctica are currently affected by the circulation of the virus within bases.
I've seen this movie
Belgian scientific base in Antarctica engulfed by Covid-19 despite strict measures
This is starting to sound like the proof of a God in a Discworld novel.
I'm just waiting for it to hit the International Space Station.
Maybe they should have tried irradiation...
Or vaccination. 😆
According to the BBC they all would have been:
"Staff arriving at the station must be vaccinated and tested for the virus."
PCR isn't enough. This is why you need to test the blood with a hot wire to see how it reacts.
I made a variant of this joke on the same story in a comment thread the other day; I'm glad to see that our representatives are keeping the dream alive here as well.