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Coronavirus: Passengers transferred from virus-stricken cruise ship off Panama

Coronavirus: Passengers transferred from virus-stricken cruise ship off Panama

29/3/2020 2:32:00 PM

Coronavirus: Passengers transferred from virus-stricken cruise ship off Panama

PANAMA CITY (AFP) - Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship on Saturday (March 28), after the US-bound vessel was given permission to pass through the Panama Canal.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Zaandam had been stuck in the Pacific Ocean since March 14 after dozens of the 1,800 people on board reported flu-like symptoms and several South American ports refused to let it dock.The ship's Dutch owner Holland America said on Friday four passengers had died and two more had tested positive for Covid-19.

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Panama on Saturday reversed its decision to block the Zaandam from its canal, and said it would be allowed to pass"to provide humanitarian help".Another ship, the Rotterdam, has since arrived off the coast of Panama from San Diego carrying food, medical staff, testing kits, medicine and food for the beleaguered vessel.

Passengers showing no signs of the virus were ferried from the Zaandam to the Rotterdam on Saturday, a French tourist told AFP by telephone."It's like emptying a bathtub with a teaspoon," she said."The boats can hold about 100 people, and they are putting about half in at a time. That's why it's going slowly."

The Zaandam cruise liner left Buenos Aires on March 7 and was supposed to arrive two weeks later at San Antonio, near Santiago in Chile.Since a brief stop in Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia on March 14, it has been turned away from several ports after reporting that 42 people aboard were suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Then on Friday, Panama's government blocked the vessel from its waterway, cutting off its route to Florida."It is very difficult to maintain mental health" aboard the vessel, passenger Dante Leguizamon, from Argentina, told AFP on Saturday in a video recorded in the small cabin he has been confined to for six days.

"I am... on a boat that I cannot get off, with coronavirus patients, with four dead, going to Miami, full of uncertainty, without money... and without knowing if there is a plane back to my homeland."Panama's Maritime Affairs Minister Noriel Arauz told AFP that 401 passengers who had tested negative for Covid-19 would be allowed to leave the Zaandam.

People who were ill and those who had been in contact with them will not be transferred.The Zaandam will now head to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, where the remaining passengers will be able to disembark, according to Holland America and Panamanian officials.

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The Rotterdam is expected to return to San Diego, Mr Arauz said. Read more: The Straits Times »

4 passengers die on cruise ship grappling with coronavirus off Panama PANAMA CITY: Four passengers have died on a cruise ship off the Pacific coast of Panama with more than 130 others aboard suffering from ... ALL cruise ships are coffins ,stop traveling (australia old bags) traveling we australians....ha .... Ocean is empty ? Why are people still taking cruises? Going on Cruises theee days are like pre paying for your coffins... Cruise to nowhere, au lang syne

Coronavirus: Hundreds to be evacuated from virus-hit ship off Panama PANAMA CITY (REUTERS) - Hundreds of passengers on a cruise ship, where four people have died and over 130 others have influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be transferred to a sister ship, Panama nian authorities said on Saturday (March 28).. Read more at straitstimes.com. Ridiculous to go on a cruise and now audacity to expect help . They should have stayed home and stayed safe. Before you embarked, you should expect “worse case scenario” as other cruises face similar faith under this condition but you guys still went ahead. The money you paid vs the ordeal you are facing now & risking own lives...guys learn from this.

Passengers transferred from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship off Panama PANAMA CITY: Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship Saturday (Mar 29), after ...

Passengers transferred from virus-stricken cruise ship off PanamaPassengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship Saturday, after the US-bound vessel was given permission to pass through the Panama Canal. The Zaandam had been stuck in the Pacific Ocean since March 14 after dozens of the 1,800 people on board

Passengers transferred from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship off Panama PANAMA CITY: Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship Saturday (Mar 29), after ...

4 passengers die on cruise ship grappling with coronavirus off Panama PANAMA CITY: Four passengers have died on a cruise ship off the Pacific coast of Panama with more than 130 others aboard suffering from ... ALL cruise ships are coffins ,stop traveling (australia old bags) traveling we australians....ha .... Ocean is empty ? Why are people still taking cruises? Going on Cruises theee days are like pre paying for your coffins... Cruise to nowhere, au lang syne