First Mediterranean cruise sets sail after COVID-19 tests

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<p>Cruise ship passengers have undergone COVID-19 testing ahead of what has been billed as the first post-lockdown Mediterranean cruise.</p>
Cruise ship passengers have had their temperatures checked and took COVID-19 tests so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy's pandemic lockdown.

The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for crew as well as passengers, part of its new health and safety protocols. The MSC Grandiosa, which was christened last year, set sail from the northern Italian port of Genoa on Sunday evening, for a seven-night cruise in the western Mediterranean.

Airport staff give instructions as passengers line up with their suitcases at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport prior to COVID-19 screening (Associated Press)

Any one testing positive, or with a fever, or having other COVID-19 symptoms, was denied boarding , the company said.

Guests must wear face masks in elevators and other areas where social distancing…
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