Stranded Holland America cruise ship with 2 confirmed COVID-19 cases will be allowed to cross the Panama Canal
- The MS Zaandam, a Holland America cruise ship with two confirmed cases of COVID-19 onboard, will be permitted to transit the Panama Canal, according to a statement put out by the Panama Canal Authority.
- “The Panama Canal is preparing to facilitate the transit of the Zaandam through the waterway, after receiving authorization from Panama’s Ministry of Health,” a Panama Canal Authority spokesperson said in a March 28 statement sent to Business Insider.
- On March 27, the Panama Canal Authority sent a statement to Business Insider saying that, under protocols set by Panama’s Ministry of Health, vessels under quarantine were not able to “transit the Canal.”
- Four passengers have died aboard the ship, after an outbreak of respiratory illness sickened 138 people onboard.
- The MS Zaandam will not be scheduled for transit until it enters the waters of the Panama Canal.
- With the approval of the Panama Maritime Authority, the vessel is currently transferring its healthy passengers to its sister ship, the MS Rotterdam.
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