The global broadcast finale of Miss World, the world’s oldest beauty pageant, was scheduled for this week in Puerto Rico, but the Miss World Organization (MWO) has temporarily postponed it after several contenders, including Manasa Varanasi, tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came just hours before the event was set to begin on Thursday. The candidates are currently being held in isolation in Puerto Rico, where the finale was supposed to be held.
“After meeting with the virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the Miss World 2021 event, as well as discussing with the Puerto Rico Health Department, the organisers of the event have decided to postpone the globally broadcast finale at the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot,” the organisation said in an official statement on Friday.
Miss World Contestants quarantined
Additional safety procedures were implemented yesterday in the best interests of the participants, production staff, and viewers, according to the statement, with the knowledge that the event has heightened hazards on the stage and in the dressing room.
Following consultation with health professionals and specialists, the decision to postpone was made after further positive instances were confirmed this morning.
According to the contest, the next step is “immediate quarantine, awaiting observation and subsequent testing,” as recommended by medical authorities.
In a statement, Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd, said, “We are very much looking forward to our contestants (who we have gotten to know and love) returning to fight for the Miss World crown.” “We were in great disbelief that she (Manasa Varanasi) might not be able to grace the world stage in spite of her immense hard work and dedication,” the Miss India Organization said on their official Instagram page. “However, her safety is of utmost importance to us.”