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Brit scientist in Antarctica is ‘probably in the safest place in the world’ during coronavirus pandemic

SAFE DISTANCE

A BRITISH scientist working in Antarctica said yesterday: “It’s probably the safest place in the world.”

Dr Kelly Hogan, 41, is among 100 Brits working at the ­British Antarctic Survey base at Rothera.

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She said: “We have had no cases of ­Covid-19 here at all and we have all been watching what’s happening back home.

“It feels strange to say but here we are pretty safe and secure.

''There are around 4,000 people who work here from various countries and since the virus emerged the controls here have been pretty strict with temperature checks for all new arrivals.

''The amount of anti bacterial gel everyone is using is using is phenomenal but thankfully so far we have had no cases and we hope it stays that way.

"Right now I would say I am in the safest place in the world.

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''Some people say we are better off down here but after weeks away from your family you do want to get back to see them because of course you miss them immensely.''

Dr Hogan arrived at the South Pole in January for a ten-week research project that should have ended on Friday.

But because of travel restrictions she is still there.

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