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Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

British man dies on coronavirus-stricken cruise ship

A British national is among four people who have died on a coronavirus-stricken Holland America Line cruise ship.

The ship, Zaandam, has been at sea since March 14 after being refused permission to dock at several ports and is now the subject of a bitter dispute over plans to dock in the US.

It is currently sailing towards Fort Lauderdale but it is not known if it will be allowed to dock there.

Nine passengers on board have tested positive for COVID19 and 189 have reported flu-like symptoms.

Only 446 passengers remain aboard the Zaandam, along with 602 crew.

Just under 800 passengers who were free of symptoms were transferred to a sister ship, Rotterdam.

Zaandam has been at sea since March 14 when it last docked in Punta Arenas, Chile. Passengers have been self-isolating in their staterooms since 22 March.

Both ships passed through the Panama Canal on Monday after being denied entry to several ports.

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