A ferry that has been converted into a hospital ship was delivered on Thursday to accommodate patients who are recovering from Covid-19 in northern Italy.

The 214-metre ferry Splendid (built 1994) is expected to commence operations on Monday when its first 25 patients board.

The vessel is owned by Italian operator Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), which is part of the Meditarranean Shipping Co (MSC) group.