An update from Panama now, where Patrick Greenfield and Erin McCormick report that the covid-19 stricken Zaandam cruise liner and its sister ship will start crossing the Panama canal tonight, the Guardian understands.
The number of people with flu-like-symptoms on a Covid-19 stricken cruise ship off the coast of Panama has risen by almost a third in two days, from 138 to 179.
The Central American country earlier reversed a decision to stop the vessels from crossing.
Passengers and crew have been told to close their curtains, close all portholes and stay off verandahs while both vessels cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean.
Both the Zaandam and the Rotterdam will then head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.