LONDON (AP) — The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the Falkland Islands, a remote British territory in the South Atlantic.
The islands’ government says the patient was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday from the Mount Pleasant Complex, a Royal Air Force (RAF) base. The patient, who has not named, is in stable condition and is not on a ventilator.
The Falklands’ chief medical officer, Dr Rebecca Edwards, said authorities were working with the British military on tracing people who may have come into contact with the patient.
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The UK, which maintains a permanent military presence on the islands, has sent in extra army medics to help with the fight against the new coronavirus.
The islands have a population of about 3,000 and lie off the coast of South America. Britain and Argentina fought a 1982 war over the islands, known to the Argentines as the Malvinas.
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