42 people sick on cruise ship Zaandam
Passengers on the Zaandam cruise ship are quarantined after 42 people on board reported "influenza-like symptoms," Holland America Line operator of the ship said.
By Sunday morning, 13 passengers and 29 crew registered to the ship's medical center, but it is unclear if these are cases of coronavirus, as there are no COVID-19 tests on board.
Holland America Line announced that it asked passengers "out of an abundance of caution" to quarantine themselves, and crews that are not needed for vessel operations are also being quarantined.
On March 7, Zaandam departed Buenos Aires, Argentina for a trip to South America which was originally scheduled to end on March 21 in San Antonio, Chile.
While the ship was under way, Holland America Line agreed to suspend operations due to fears about the COVID-19 pandemic and tried to finish Zaandam's sailing and returning passengers as soon as possible.
Zaandam then sailed to Valparaiso, Chile, where, taking provisions and fuel, he remained at anchor from 20- to 1 March. On March 21, Zaandam departed Valparaiso and is currently sailing north to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for arrival on March 30, awaiting a reservation for the Panama Canal passage.
The cruise line also said it is working on new solutions.
Maritime Business World