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Stranded Holland America cruise ship with 2 confirmed COVID-19 cases will be allowed to cross the Panama Canal

Posted On: Mar 29, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

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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