As a result of more positive cases of Covid-19 being confirmed on Thursday, December 16, 2021, the 70th Miss World beauty contest has been postponed.
KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA (https://lifestyleuganda.com/) — As a result of more positive Covid-19 cases being confirmed on Thursday, December 16, 2021, the 70th edition of the Miss World beauty contest has been temporarily postponed. The finale will be held at the Puerto Rico Coliseum in Jose Miguel Agrelot within 90 days.
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After multiple people associated with Miss World 2021, including 23 of the 97 contestants, were found to be positive for Covid-19, the competition has been postponed.
The pageant organizers announced hours before the pageant was set to begin that they were postponing the televised finale because of “health and safety concerns” of contestants, staff, crew and the general public.
Miss World Malaysia’s representatives confirmed Lavanya Sivaji was among those who tested positive for Covid-19. They posted to social media a message saying Sivaji was in isolation but “clinically well.”
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On the other hand, Miss World Indonesia, Pricilia Carla Yules, appeared to confirm reports that she had tested positive, writing on her Instagram story that she is “currently recovering” and “feeling much better physically and mentally.”
In a press conference held by the Puerto Rico Health Department on Thursday, epidemiologist Melissa Marzán said there had been 38 positive cases associated with Miss World, 15 of the staff and 23 of the contestants.
Her remarks confirm that it was organizers of the pageant, not island authorities, who decided to postpone the event. The Miss World Organization said the finale would be rescheduled and held within 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.
Miss World’s finale on Thursday was the conclusion of weeks of preparation, which had taken place in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital. In one of several preliminary competitions, the Ivory Coast’s Olivia Yacé won the Miss World pageant’s Top Model portion.
In this week’s Miss World events, Mongolia’s Burte-Ujin Anu won the Miss World Talent section and Mexico’s Karolina Vidales won the Miss World Sports section.
At the 70th edition of Miss World 2021, English singer and TV personality Peter Andre was scheduled to be the host, with Puerto Rican model Stephanie Del Valle and Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende serving as finalists.
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Due to a pandemic, last year’s Miss World pageant was cancelled, which means that Toni-Ann Singh, the winner of 2019, remains the reigning titleholder.
Julia Morley, the CEO of Miss World Ltd., said: “We are looking forward to the return of our contestants (that we have come to know and love) to compete for the Miss World crown.”
“We are looking forward to the return of our contestants (who we have grown to love and know), to compete for the Miss World crown,” Miss World Ltd. CEO Julia Morley said in a statement.
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