Panama’s government said on Saturday that it will allow Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal, but no passengers or crew members will be allowed to disembark in the country
The Canadian government says it is working with its counterparts in Panama and the cruise line to get more than 200 Canadian passengers home.
Holland America says two people aboard its ship, the Zaandam, have tested positive for COVID-19 and four others have died. None of the dead are Canadian.
Global Affairs Canada says 247 Canadian passengers and one Canadian crew member are on the ship that was anchored off Panama’s coast.