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Miss World 2021 postponed after contestants, including India’s Manasa Varanasi, test Covid positive

17/12/2021 at 11:55 AM

San Juan, Dec 17: Miss World 2021 has been temporarily postponed after several participants, including Miss India Manasa Varanasi, tested positive for Covid-19, the pageant said in its social media post.

“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 organisers of the event to postpone the finale”, the post on the pageant’s official Facebook said late Thursday night.

“After the confirmation of the additional positive cases, the postponement decision was made,” it added.

Meanwhile, Manasa Varanasi, Miss India 2020 and a participant in Miss World, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Miss India organisation said.

In an Instagram post, the organisation said: “Keeping in mind the rising Covid cases amongst the contestants, the Miss World Organisation has taken the decision to postpone the Miss World Finale. Our queen, Manasa Varanasi is one of the contestants who has been tested Covid positive and is currently in isolation at Puerto Rico. We, at the Miss India Organisation, were in great disbelief that she might not be able to grace the world stage inspite of her immense hard word and dedication. However, her safety is of utmost priority to us. We can’t wait to welcome Manasa back home, nurture her back to health and send her back stronger, healthier and happier.”

“We are very much looking forward to the return of our contestants to compete for the Miss World crown”, said Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd, in the social media post.

The finale of Miss World was scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico.

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