MALAYSIA: The Miss World finale has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among contestants and staff, according to a statement posted to the pageant’s official Facebook page on Thursday.
The finale of the 70th anniversary of the pageant was set to be globally broadcast on Thursday, but instead was rescheduled hours before the show was going to start after 23 out of the 97 contestants tested positive for COVID-19 as well as 15 staff members, CNN reports.
“After meeting with the virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the Miss World 2021 event and discussing with the Puerto Rico Health Department, the decision has been made by the organizers of the event to postpone the globally broadcast finale at the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held within the next 90 days,” the statement on Facebook reads. Health experts are taking the necessary steps to prevent the situation worsening through immediate quarantine, observation, and testing.
Contestants and related staff are only allowed to return to their home countries once they get the proper clearance from the health officials there.
It also included words from Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd, who said they are “very much looking forward to the return of our contestants, (who we have grown to know and love), to compete for the Miss World crown.”
“Puerto Rico offers a safe environment, and a spectacular backdrop for filming the Miss World Festival!” she added. – YAHOO NEWS