A complete of 77 individuals aboard Holland America's "Zaandam" cruise ship report flu-like signs, in accordance with a press launch on the cruise line's web site.
The 77 individuals include 30 passengers and 47 crew members.
"Since it’s the flu season and Covid-19 testing just isn’t obtainable on board, it’s tough to find out the reason for these elevated circumstances right now," the assertion stated.
Zaandam left Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 7, earlier than the cruise operator introduced that it might droop international cruise operations for a month.
The journey was scheduled to finish in San Antonio, Chile, final Saturday. In keeping with the assertion, nobody has been out of the ship since March 14 in Puenta Area, Chile, the place company have been initially informed they might disembark for flights, however weren’t allowed.
All ports alongside the Zaandam route are closed for cruises.
A second ship is bringing assist: Holland America has deployed a second ship to hold extra provides, personnel, coronavirus check kits, and different help to Zandaam.
The help ship left Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Sunday and can meet with Zandaam on Thursday night time.
Remoted passengers on board: Passenger Maureen Foran, 75, says she has had no face-to-face contact with anybody, household or crew because the ship imposed a quarantine on board.
"We’re prohibited from leaving our rooms," Foran informed CNN. "I’m grateful for a window however I get claustrophobic."