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FILE - In this April 7, 2019, file photo, locals prepare to leave their house in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The largest cluster of places without the coronavirus can be found in the scattered islands of the South Pacific. Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa, Micronesia and Tuvalu are among those small nations yet to report a single case. But that doesn't mean they have been spared from the pandemic's effects. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Pacific isles, secretive states among last virus-free places

Nov. 11, 2020 11:40 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — From Argentina to Zimbabwe, from the Vatican to the White House, the coronavirus has spread relentlessly. It's been confirmed on every continent but one and in nearly every country. Yet a few places have yet to report even a single case of infection. Some have been genuinely...

US Coast Guard ship assigned to Arctic instead of Antarctic

Oct. 31, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has assigned its icebreaker Polar Star to the Arctic in December instead of its normal role in supporting Antarctic affairs. The Polar Star's change in deployment was due to concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement also echoes concerns...

EU program spots largest ozone hole over Antarctica in years

Oct. 6, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The European Union’s Earth observation program said Tuesday that the ozone hole over Antarctica has swelled to its largest size and deepest level in years. Experts at the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service said a strong, stable and cold polar vortex has driven the expansion,...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, wooden arrows show the distances to various cities on King George Island, Antarctica. Amid an increase in COVID-19 infections in 2020, which has already left more than 20,000 dead in Argentina, scientists and military personnel living at the country's bases in Antarctica feel safe and fortunate on the only continent with no reported cases. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Cold but safe: Argentines in Antarctica rarely don masks

Oct. 3, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surge in their homeland, there are at least some Argentines who feel secure: the scientists and military personnel at South American country’s bases in Antarctica, the only continent without reported cases. More than 765,000 people in Argentina are...