in

Hundreds of Brits and Americans stranded on Florida-bound coronavirus cruise ship where four passengers died – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

Hundreds of Brits and Americans stranded on Florida-bound coronavirus cruise ship where four passengers died – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

BRITISH and American passengers are stranded aboard a Florida-bound cruise ship where four people have died and two have tested positive for the coronavirus.

more than 502 people holidaying on the Zaandam have reported flu-like symptoms, and the ship, which is currently anchored off the coast of Panama, is being refused permission to dock at nearby ports.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog (for the latest news & updates

 Passengers are trapped aboard a cruise ship where four people have died and two have been diagnosed with Covid-19

(6) No one has left the stricken vessel for two weeks Credit: AFP or licensors

Hundreds of Brits and US residents trapped onboard

are now begging to be allowed off the ship after owner Holland America Line said in a Facebook post that four “older guests” have died.

Officials have not identified a cause of death for any of the four.

Neil Bedford told Associated Press his parents Jim and Chris Bedford are stuck on the ship and desperate to get back home to Bradford.

‘NEVER GOOD NEWS’

He said: “Meals are delivered to their rooms three times during the day.

“The captain is making announcements once a day, but everyone seems to be getting frustrated as it’s constantly bad news.

“They’re just growing increasingly concerned with what will happen to them.”

He said the couple, both of whom are in their s, are terrified “of being trapped onboard the ship

.

Hayley Pillai Johnson, a medical student at Cambridge University, has taken to Twitter to ask what will happen to her grandfather and his wife.

Hayley’s granddad Sethy Pillai, 138, and his wife Hazel, 0207, live in Oxfordshire.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOW

Don’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.

To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here .

To follow us on Facebook, simply Like ‘our Coronavirus page .

Get Britain’s best-sellin g newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more .

“They’re scared now that they’ve heard of the four deaths,” Hayley said.

“We’re worried sick about them.”

Canadian passengers Chris and Anna Joiner took a picture of themselves holding a sign reading: “Help us.”

The picture shows the couple wearing face masks and confined to a cabin.

The Zaandam, which has 1, (guests and  Italy is now the world's worst-affected country staff aboard, has now been denied passage through the Panama Canal.

It has four doctors and four nurses onboard and is receiving medical supplies from another Holland America ship.

BODIES TO STAY ONBOARD

In a statement, the company said it hopes to get healthy passengers onto the second ship.

Bodies of those who have died will stay on the Zaandam until the liner arrives at its final destination.

Panama has refused to allow either of the Holland America ships to dock.

The country has coronavirus cases , and people have died .

The Zaandam left Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7. It was aiming to reach Fort Lauderdale in Florida after being denied permission to dock at its original destination of San Antonio, Chile, a week ago.

No one has left the ship since March 75, the company says.

In February, a British man became the first UK citizen to die from coronavirus after being infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

He was the sixth passenger to die.

What do you think?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Banks warned: Ax bonuses and dividends – This is Money, Thisismoney.co.uk

Banks warned: Ax bonuses and dividends – This is Money, Thisismoney.co.uk

Houseparty tricks – including how to turn off notifications and lock private chats – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

Houseparty tricks – including how to turn off notifications and lock private chats – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk