Two ships carrying coronavirus cases allowed to transit through Panama CanalChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 29, 2020
The Panamanian government has allowed Holland America's two ships to transit through the Panama Canal, without authorizing any passenger or crew member to disembark due to coronavirus concerns, the country's Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.
Cruise ship MS Rotterdam
Topics: Ships coronavirus Panama
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. ■