CRUISE SHIP AL­LOWED TO PASS THROUGH PANAMA CANAL

Calgary Herald - - PANDEMIC -

A cruise ship stuck off Panama’s Pa­cific coast after four pas­sen­gers died and more than 130 oth­ers de­vel­oped in­fluenza-like symp­toms, in­clud­ing at least two with the coro­n­avirus, will be al­lowed to pro­ceed through the Panama Canal, the gov­ern­ment said on Satur­day. Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s MS Zaan­dam can now con­tinue its trip to Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., but Panama’s gov­ern­ment un­der­scored that no pas­sen­gers or crew mem­bers would be al­lowed to set foot on Pana­ma­nian soil. The Zaan­dam, which was pre­vi­ously on a South Amer­i­can cruise, was de­nied ac­cess to the Panama Canal for san­i­tary rea­sons. There are 1,243 guests, in­clud­ing 247 Cana­di­ans, and 586 crew on board.

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