Miss World 2021 Postponed As More Contestants Test Positive, Including India’s Manasa Varanasi

Miss World 2021 Postponed As More Contestants Test Positive, Including India’s Manasa Varanasi

While many of us might be going through our lives fully vaccinated and trying to hold on to some semblance of normalcy after the lockdown, I think we are forgetting that the pandemic is still going on and affecting the lives of many. I see people not wearing masks in public spaces, roaming around like Covid is not a thing anymore. Many important events are now being conducted and while there are protocols in place, clearly they aren’t enough. This can be seen as Miss World had to temporarily postpone their pageant after the contestants, including India’s Manasa Varanasi, were tested positive for Covid.

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The Miss World pageant has been temporarily postponed after additional cases of Covid positive contestants came up. This was done to ensure the safety of the contestants, crew and the general public. The finale was going to be taken place in Puerto Rico on Thursday, has now will be rescheduled within the next 90 days. The pageant officials took to social media and said, “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 announcement also mentioned extra safety measures being taken for the contestants and crews’ safety. The decision was made after consulting health officials and experts. The statement read, “The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing according to best practices in situations like this.” The contestants and staff will reportedly be sent back to their home countries after they are cleared by health officials and experts. 

Manasa Varanasi was all set to represent India in the Miss World pageant. She was crowned Miss India 2020 and was also awarded the title of Miss Ramp Walk. In a post online, the Miss India organisation, “To those affected, we wish you all a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see you all at the Miss World Finale. @manasa5varanasi you return only to go back stronger,” they added, “We can’t wait to welcome Manasa back home, nurture her back to health and send her back stronger, healthier and happier.”


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While I am happy that the right measures are being taken to curb the spread of the virus and ensure everyone’s safety, I just feel a tad bit bad for the contestants. Regardless of what people believe, preparing for pageants such as Miss India and Miss World is a lot of hard work. I really hope that everyone involved gets their due when they are finally past this. 

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