Miss World 2021 postponed a few hours before the final amid the Covid-19 epidemic
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In a statement released hours before the start of the competition, organizers said they were postponing the televised final, citing “the interest in the health and safety of competitors, staff, crew and the general public” .
Miss World Indonesia, Pricilia Carla Yules, meanwhile appeared to confirm reports that she had tested positive, writing on Instagram stories that she was “currently recovering” and “feeling much better physically and mentally.”
At a Puerto Rico health department press conference on Thursday, epidemiologist Melissa Marzán told reporters there had been 38 positive cases associated with Miss World: 15 staff and 23 applicants. She confirmed that the organizers of the competition, and not the island authorities, had made the decision to postpone.
The Miss World Organization has said the final will be revamped and staged within the next 90 days.
Dancers take the stage during the opening sequence of the 2019 Miss World Final at Excel Arena in London on December 14, 2019. Credit: Daniel Leal / AFP / Getty Images
“As of (Wednesday), additional safety measures have been implemented in the best interest of the contestants, the production team and the spectators, knowing that the event has increased the risks on the stage and in the locker rooms, “reads a statement posted on the official Miss World website. media channels. “However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning (and) after consulting with health officials and experts, the decision to postpone was made.
“The next step according to medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing according to best practice in situations like this. Once and only when competitors and staff are cleared by them. health officials and counselors, competitors and related personnel will return to their home countries. ”
Thursday’s final would have marked the culmination of weeks of Miss World events in Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. In one of the many preliminary competitions, Olivia Yacé from Côte d’Ivoire was named the winner of the Top Model portion of the competition. This week Mongolian Rep. Burte-Ujin Anu won the Miss World Talent content and Mexican Karolina Vidales was named Miss World Sports.
The last Miss World pageant, held in London in 2019, saw Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh crowned the winner. Credit: Daniel Leal / AFP / Getty Images
In a statement, Miss World Ltd. CEO Julia Morley said: “We look forward to the return of our candidates (whom we have come to know and love) to compete for the Miss World crown.”
Top image caption: Escambron Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 6, 2021.
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