Four passengers die on stranded Dutch cruise ship

Agence France-Press. Panama City | Published: 23:57, Mar 27,2020


The Zaandam cruise ship enters the Panama City Bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel and COVID-19 testing devices, at 8 milles from Panama City, on March 27, 2020. - AFP photo

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying dozens of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded off the coast of South America for several days, the liner company said on Friday.

The Zaandam, with 1,800 passengers on board, is currently in Panama's territorial waters, having been prevented from docking in several countries due to coronavirus fears.

‘Holland America Line can confirm that four older guests have passed away on Zaandam,’ the Dutch-owned company said in a statement.

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