4 Passengers Die in Cruise Ship Stranded off Pacific coast of South America

Two Other Passengers On Board The Zaandam Have Tested Positive for Covid-19

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Four passengers onboard a cruise ship stranded off the Pacific coast of South America for several days have died.

The Dutch-owned liner company confirmed that 1800 people were onboard The Zaandam, which is currently in Panama’s territorial waters. The ship was prevented from docking after several people exhibited flu-like symptoms.

“Holland America Line can confirm that four older guests have passed away on Zaandam,” the ship operator said.

The company said it two people with respiratory symptoms tested positive for Covid-19.

The ship left Buenos Aires on March 7 and was scheduled to arrive at San Antonio, near Santiago in Chile, last Saturday.

The cruise ship has been turned away from several ports after 42 people on board reported suffering from flu-like symptoms.