Miss World 2021 finale postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases

Miss World 2021 finale has been temporarily postponed. The finale was scheduled to take place on Thursday night (5:30 am IST on Friday morning) in Puerto Rico. “Keeping in mind the rising Covid cases amongst the contestants, the Miss World Organisation has taken the decision to postpone the Miss World finale,” said an official statement.

The statement further mentioned why the decision to postpone the event was taken. “As of yesterday, 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. However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made,” the statement further reads.

“Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries,” the official statement mentioned

The decision was taken after 17 contestants and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Among those infected is Manasa Varanasi, who was crowned Miss India World 2020, and will represent India at the international beauty pageant.

The finale will be rescheduled at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico within the next 90 days.

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