Passengers transferred from cruise ship

PANAMA CITY (AFP) – Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship last 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 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.