Two ships carrying coronavirus cases allowed to transit through Panama Canal
Topics: SHIPS CORONAVIRUS PANAMA
The ministry said in a statement that after consultations with health experts and the Panama Canal Authority, it decided to allow the two ships, MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam, to continue to return to Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. state of Florida.
According to the American daily, USA Today, four elderly passengers on MS Zaandam have died of coronavirus as of Friday and 138 more have shown flu-like symptoms associated with the virus. Of the symptomatic passengers who were tested, two tested positive for COVID-19.
Holland America, a British-American-owned cruise line headquartered in Seattle, has sent MS Rotterdam to provide supply for MS Zaandam and transfer asymptomatic people. According to the cruise operator, over 1,800 people are on MS Zaandam. ■