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MISS World was called off for the first time in its 70-year-history after its glamorous contestants were hit by a wave of covid.

Sources said at least 17 of the 97 beauties tested positive, while further cases were picked up amongst production crew and other workers.

The pageant was also postponed last year, but well before the competitors gathered for the event.

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The pageant was also postponed last year, but well before the competitors gathered for the event.Credit: AFP

The pageant was also postponed last year, but well before the competitors gathered for the event.

In a statement released yesterday, organisers said: “Miss World 2021 has temporarily postponed its global broadcast finale in Puerto Rico due to health and safety interests of contestants, staff, crew and general public.

“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.”

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This year’s pageant was being held at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Organisers confirmed the finale will be rescheduled within the next 90 days.

Julia Morley, chief executive of Miss World Ltd, added: “We are very much looking forward to the return of our contestants, (who we have grown to know and love), to compete for the Miss World crown.

“Puerto Rico offers a safe environment and a spectacular backdrop for filming the Miss World Festival!”

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