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Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Viking unveils first Covid PCR testing lab at sea






Viking has become the first cruise line to install a full shipboard PCR testing lab.


The facility is the first of its kind and has capacity to perform tests on all guests and crew daily, it says.


It can conduct non-invasive saliva tests.


It has been installed on the 930-guest ship Viking Star.


"We have been working on this for a number of months, and today is important as it moves us one step closer to operating cruises again, without compromising the safety of our guests and crew," said Matt Grimes, Viking's VP of Maritime Operations.


"The recently announced CDC guidelines are clearly aligned with our public health research, and we welcome the agency's push toward testing, as we believe this is the only way to safely operate. "


The shipboard lab is currently undergoing a series of extensive tests to make sure the procedures are effective and can cope with high volume testing at sea.


 


Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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