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    No Miss World 2021 Now, as Contestant Manasa Varanasi, 16 More are COVID Positive

    The Miss World 2021 finale won’t happen as scheduled as Manasa Varanasi and several contestants tested positive for Covid-19. The announcement came just hours before the event was set to begin on Thursday. The contestants are currently being held in isolation in Puerto Rico, where the finale was set to take place.

    “With the rising Covid cases amongst the contestants in mind, the Miss World Organization has decided to postpone the Miss World finale,” an official statement said.

    The broadcast of Miss World 2021 finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.

    The broadcast of Miss World 2021 finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.

    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.

    “We were in great disbelief that she (Manasa Varanasi) might not be able to grace the world stage inspite of her immense hard work and dedication, however her safety is of utmost importance to us,” Miss India Organisation said on their official Instagram page.

    Miss World Organisation said that the decision to postpone the pagaent had been taken after a meeting with virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the event.

    “After additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made,” the body said in a release.

    The contestants will be allowed to return home only after they are cleared by health officials.

    “The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation, and further testing according to best practices in situations like this. 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 read.

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