Cruise ship passengers stranded off South America with flu symptoms

More than 1,800 people aboard Holland America’s Zaandam ship have been asked to remain in their rooms and the ship does not have any coronavirus tests on board.
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Transportation industry. They've taken a huge hit in this crisis to take a look at this this sign of the times. What airlines cutting back on flights this site outside of Los Angeles it is one of the several airfields. Out weapon is known at a bone yard were playing their parkers who force service is resumed an obvious who's who you see right there is used for. And on the C this passenger from the grand princess finally lead quarantine one month after they first boarded. We're learning about trouble on a new ship heading for Florida at 77 people falling ill with flu like symptoms and deal beneath his that he crew ship terminal here. In New York City. With more this morning good morning via. Hey Michael good morning to you yet a cruise was supposed to end on Saturday but now five days later those passengers are still on board stuck at sea and this morning. They are sending us their desperate messages. This morning 77 passengers and crew with flu like symptoms stranded on board this true ship off the coast of South America making its way towards floor. 305. Americans among the more than 18100 people on Holland America's Zan damn ship. Who have been asked to remain in their rooms the ship does not have any covad nineteen tests on board. Another cruise ship bringing those tests to does and damned tomorrow night. Along with other critical supply. Spirit many people in their seventies and eighties Alicia good. Quite if you disable. The ship left 10 slightest on March 7 for two weeks south American boy aged but do these into their journey. The cruise line suspended its global operations because of the outbreak. Ever since the ship has been in limbo unable to dock. He boarded a cruise on March 7 there was only one case of the virus in Brazil and one case and warns stories. So we really had no concerns about joining ship. Passengers say they haven't been off the ship in more than ten days their meals now delivered directly to their rooms so many waiting for answers in the coming days. Holland America telling ABC news that the safety and well being of our guests and crew is one of the highest priorities adding. Our intention is to proceed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for arrival on March 30. However plans are still being finalized alternative options also are being developed. Now we should mention researchers recently tested the cabins of another crucial the diamond princess. And they found the virus on surfaces up to seventeen days after passengers had already left the boat. Just incredible. Seventeen days all right TO thanks very much.

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