4 Guests Die on Cruise Ship Where 2 People Tested Positive for CCP Virus

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By CNN Newsource
March 28, 2020US News
4 Guests Die on Cruise Ship Where 2 People Tested Positive for CCP Virus
Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship in a file photo. (Courtesy of Holland America Line)

At least four “older guests” have died on the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam, where two individuals have tested positive for the CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, the cruise line said in a Friday news release.

The statement did not provide a cause of death or say when exactly the guests died.

As of Friday, 138 people—53 guests and 85 crew members—had reported flu-like symptoms, Holland America said in its statement. There are 1,243 guests and 586 crew members on board the ship, which is now off the coast of Panama.

On Thursday, a “number of patients with respiratory symptoms” tested for the virus, it said, and two people were positive.

NTD refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

The news release said that when the ship first saw guests report flu-like symptoms on March 22, the crew took protective measures and asked all guests to self-isolate in their rooms. All guests and crew members received face masks Thursday.

The ship exchanged medical supplies with a sister ship, Rotterdam, Thursday evening prior, according to the news release.

Cruise line officials are working with the Panamanian authorities to receive approval to use the Panama Canal before sailing on to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the news release said.

The cruise line said the Zaandam departed Buenos Aires on March 7 and was originally scheduled to end its cruise at San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. The cruise line decided to end its current cruises in progress.

No one has been off the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile, the cruise line said.

NTD staff contributed to this report

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