Based on an article released by elnuevodia.com, there are seven (7) reported cases of COVID-19 among the 98 candidates of the 70th Miss World.
Below is an English translation of the said news (via Google translate):
The Miss World Organization reported seven suspected cases of COVID-19 among the 98 candidates who are on the island for the international contest scheduled for this Thursday, to be held at the José M. Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico.
Julia Morley, CEO of the international organization, confirmed that the contestants are isolated and in quarantine, as are all the people who had direct contact with them. “If they don’t produce a negative PCR test, they won’t be on stage for the final show,” Morley said in written communication.
“Knowing the seriousness of this global situation that we all face, we took steps to capture the unique talent of each contestant so that, in case they couldn’t join us last night, they could still win the crown as Miss World 2021. panel of judges will review your prerecorded video content to make their final decision, “he added.
For her part, Evelyn Guadalupe, spokeswoman for the contest’s organizers in Puerto Rico, said that, for the moment, they cannot specify how many of the possible cases were confirmed by molecular testing.
Earlier, Stephanie del Valle, Miss World 2016 and organizer of the international Miss World 2021 pageant, acknowledged that several candidates have been “in quarantine for a few days.” She did not want to reveal if any had tested positive, but she assured that the organization has followed all the protocols of the Department of Health.
“Here all the health protocols are being taken into account. The candidates who have felt bad, right now, at least I have not received any information that a candidate has come out positive. Those who have felt a little bad have been in quarantine for a few days. All protocols are being taken … I want to make that clear because I don’t want people to think that here we are being irresponsible and putting Puerto Rico’s health at risk, “she said in a telephone interview.
As recently as last night, the candidates participated in the “Beauty with Purpose” gala at the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel. This newspaper learned that Miss World India 2021, Manasa Varanasi, was not at the activity. Although the reason was not revealed, since last night, a rumor spread that she was ill.
On November 21, representatives of dozens of countries began to arrive in Puerto Rico to fulfill an extensive and busy schedule of activities, which has included visits to tourist places in various towns on the island, until the most recent was the gala that took place last night, in which they have been able to fraternize with each other.
According to Del Valle, currently most of the contestants are at the Puerto Rico Coliseum rehearsing for the final gala. “Basically they will be living here for the next three days, from so much rehearsal,” he mentioned about this event that will be broadcast in 124 countries and whose production will be in charge of the Puerto Rican producer Francisco “Paco” López, who had mentioned him to this newspaper that it is a “very complex, large and televised production, with more than 30 cameras there.”
From what I know, our Tracy Maureen Perez tested negative (reason why she was still present during the Charity Gala). Let’s pray for everyone’s health and safety. 🙏🏼
PS The Indonesian delegate was already reported to be one of those who tested positive. Her roommate from India is still waiting for test results.