The 2021 edition of Miss World pageant pageant scheduled to take place Thursday in Puerto Rico, has been postponed due to multiple people linked to the event and 23 of the 97 contestants who tested positive for Covid-19.

In response to the development, a statement was released by organisers, hours before the pageant was due to start,

They stated that they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing the “health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public.”

Below is a press statement released by organisers of the competition.

Miss World 2021 temporarily postpones global broadcast finale in Puerto Rico due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public.

The finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – 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 within the next 90 days.

As of yesterday, additional safety measures were implemented in the best interest of the contestants, production team and spectators, understanding the event increased risks on the stage and in the dressing room.

However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made. The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing according to best practices in situations like this.

Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries. “We are very excited and looking forward to the return of our contestants, who we have gotten to know and love, to compete for the Miss World crown in a safe environment,” said Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd.