This year’s Miss World show which was booked to happen on Thursday December 16 in Puerto Rico, was expected to be exceptionally intriguing.
However, the competition has been deferred after huge loads of the contestants are said to have tested positive for the Covid disease. 23 of the 97 contestants have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement released hours before the beauty pageant was due to start, organizers said they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing the “health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public.”
Malaysia’s delegates affirmed that their contestant, Lavanya Sivaji, was among those to test positive. In a statement released via social media on Thursday December 16, the Miss World Malaysia team said that Sivaji was in seclusion but “clinically well.”
Miss World Indonesia, Pricilia Carla Yules, in the mean time seemed to affirm reports that she had tested positive, writing on Instagram stories that she is “presently in recuperation” and “feeling vastly improved physically and intellectually.”
At a Puerto Rico Health Department question and answer session on Thursday, epidemiologist Melissa Marzán told reporters there had been 38 positive cases related with Miss World: 15 staff and 23 contestants. She confirmed that event coordinators, not the island’s authorities, settled on the decision to postpone.
The Miss World Organization said that the finale will be modified and held within the next 90 days.
However, after additional positive cases were confirmed a postponement decision was quickly made. The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing according to best practices in situations like this.
Thursday’s finale would have denoted the climax of long stretches of Miss World occasions in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan. In one of a few preliminary contests, Ivory Coast’s Olivia Yacé was named winner of the pageant’s Top Model part.
This week, Mongolian rep. Burte-Ujin Anu won the Miss World Talent content and Mexico’s Karolina Vidales was named Miss World Sports.
Miss World 2021, the 70th edition of the yearly occasion, was expected to be hosted by English singer and TV character Peter Andre, Puerto Rican model Stephanie Del Valle and Mexican vocalist and actress Fernando Allende.
Last year’s show was dropped because of the global pandemic, implying that 2019’s winner, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh, remains the ruling titleholder.
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