Passengers on Board a Cruise Ship Stranded on Panama Canal Put on Second Ship

Panamanian Authorities Have Allowed The Zaandam to Continue with the Journey

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The owners of a cruise ship stranded off the coast of Panama have begun transferring healthy passengers to a second ship after four passengers died and two others tested positive for coronavirus.

The owners of the Zaandam, Holland America, said more 130 people on board the ship had reported suffering “flu-like symptoms” and respiratory issues.

Some of the 1,800 passengers had been moved to its sister ship the Rotterdam off the Pacific coast of Panama. The ship was planning to travel to Florida but was denied passage through the Panama Canal.

The Panamanian authorities had said that no vessel with confirmed coronavirus cases could pass through the canal. The two ships were later granted permission to continue with the journey although no passenger would be allowed to disembark.