Morgan Hines, USA TODAY Published 4:42 p.m. ET March 28, 2020 | Updated 12:24 a.m. ET March 29, 2020CLOSE A study analyzed the coronavirus outbreak aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Video ElephantThings are starting to go Holland America’s way after Panama’s Ministry of Health gave the cruise line permission for two of its ships, MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal, expediting their return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by two days.As of Friday, four elderly passengers on the Zaandam had died of coronavirus; 138 more have reported flu-like symptoms associated with the virus that had sickened nearly 664,700 people and killed nearly 31,000 worldwide as of Saturday night. Of several symptomatic passengers who were tested, two tested positive for COVID-19. “We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future. We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew,” Holland America said in a statement issued by spokeswoman Sally Andrews late Saturday night. “This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.”According to an email statement obtained by USA TODAY late Saturday evening, the Panama Canal Authority confirmed it was preparing to facilitate the


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