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Why has Miss World 2021 been canceled? When will the contest be?

Hours before the event was set to begin, the Miss World Padget was canceled after more than thirty people linked to the event tested positive.

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Hours before the event was set to begin, the Miss World Padget was canceled after more than thirty people linked to the event tested positive.
MENAHEM KAHANAAFP

With covid-19 cases rising fast in some parts of the United States the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant have postponed the event that was scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico Thursday 16 December.

The decision to cancel was made in coordination with the Puerto Rico Health Department after more than thirty people associated with the event tested positive for the virus. This includes twenty-three of the more than ninety-seven contestants and more than fifteen staff members working on the show.

Those set to host the show including singer and TV personality Peter Andre also took to social media to provide information about the cancellation. Andre said that the “outbreak happened very quickly” with “many contestants” testing positive the night before the event was scheduled to take place.

When will Miss World take place?

A press release put out by the pageant organizers said that the “finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.” Peter Andre confirmed that the event will take place within the next three months, giving the contestants some time to recover.

Due to the pandemic, a new Miss World has not been named since 2019. The event was canceled in 2020 and while many thought 2021 may be the year the pageant made its return, the virus had other plans.

Which contestants have tested positive?

Of the twenty-three cases that have been confirmed among the contents, three are Miss India Manasa Varanasi, Miss Indonesia Pricilia Carla Yules, and Miss Malaysia Lavanya Sivaji.

The Miss India Organization released a statement after Varanasi tested positive saying that they "are in disbelief that she might not be able to grace the world stage in spite of her immense hard work and dedication.” However, the organization also thanked the CEO of the Miss World pageant “for prioritizing the health of not only the countries infected but also the team & other contestants.”

Miss Indonesia also took to social media to tell her followers that she was “feeling much better physically and mentally,” since receiving the diagnosis.

Event officials have also said that the contestants, as well as staff who test positive, will be required to quarantine, and that “once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisers, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries.”

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