Miss World 2021 has been postponed hours before the finale after 23 contestants tested positive for COVID-19.
This year’s event was scheduled to take place Thursday in Puerto Rico.
However, it has been postponed after multiple people linked to the event, including 23 of the 97 contestants’ tests came out positive for Covid-19.
In a statement released, organizers said they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing the “health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and the general public.”
The Miss World Organization said that the finale will be rearranged and held within the next 90 days.
At a Puerto Rico Health Department press conference Thursday, epidemiologist Melissa Marzán at a presser said that there had been 38 positive cases associated with Miss World: 15 staff and 23 contestants.
She confirmed that pageant organizers, not the island’s authorities, made the decision to postpone.