Coronavirus-stricken cruise with four dead gets permission to head for Florida
Added 03-29-20 04:13:01pm EST - “A Holland America cruise ship turned away from ports due to coronavirus concerns has been given permission to cross the Panama Canal and continue its trek to Florida.” - Nydailynews.com
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A Holland America cruise ship turned away from ports due to coronavirus concerns has been given permission to cross the Panama Canal and continue its trek to Florida.
The Zaandam, which has reported more than 130 passengers and crew members with “flu-like symptoms,” two positive coronavirus tests and four deaths, was turned away from the port in Chile and has been floating off the coast of Panama for days.
“We are aware of reported permission for Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal,” the company said in a statement late Saturday night. “We appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. We continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.”
The healthy passengers aboard the Zaandam are in the process of being transferred to another cruise ship, the Rotterdam, which arrived Thursday to deliver medical supplies and personnel.
It’s unclear when the Zaandam plans to dock at Port Everglades in south Florida, but it’s expected to take at least 72 hours once the ship passes through the Panama Canal.
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