Miss World 2021 Postponed Due To COVID Outbreak
The 2021 Miss World competition, scheduled for 23rd December in Puerto Rico, has been postponed after multiple people linked to the event tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement released, organizers said the televised finale will be rescheduled regarding the “health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public.”
At a Puerto Rico Health Department press conference on Thursday, epidemiologist Melissa Marzán explained to reporters that 38 positive cases have been associated with Miss World competition with a breakdown of 15 staff and 23 contestants of the 97 contestants. She confirmed that the organizers and not the Island authorities decided to postpone the reagent.
Malaysia’s representatives Lavanya Sivaji, is confirmed as one of them.
The Malaysia organization said that Sivaji was in isolation but “clinically well.”
Indonesia contestant, Pricilia Carla Yules, confirmed on her Instagram stories that she had tested positive, she started “currently in recovery” and “feeling much better physically and mentally.”
Miss World Organizers also noted that the finale will be changed and held within the next 90 days.
“As of (Wednesday), additional safety measures were implemented in the best interest of the contestants, production team and spectators, understanding the event increased risks on the stage and in the dressing room,” read a statement posted to the official Miss World social media channels. “However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning (and) after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was 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. Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisers, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries.”