Israel assures Miss Universe 2021 to push through despite the threat of a new coronavirus variant.
MISS UNIVERSE 2021 – Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov confirms the Miss Universe pageant will be pushed through despite the rise of the Omicron variant.
In November, a new variant of the COVID-19 has risen and initially, it was called the B.1.1.529, a variant of concern. It was named Omicron and according to WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE), this specific variant underwent mutations that affected its behavior and severity. There are no clear results yet as to how severe and how transmissible this variant is as of now.
And despite the threat of the new variant, the Miss Universe pageant for this will still be pushed through as confirmed by Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov. Israel will be hosting this year’s pageant and their government has already announced the banning of foreigners from entering their country in an attempt to stave off the Omicron coronavirus variant. Also, the quarantines for its returning citizens and residents will be lengthened.
Since the candidates of the pageant will be coming from various parts of the world, the pageant will be pushed through despite the travel restrictions. The participants will be granted waivers and PCR testing and doing other precautionary measures will be strictly done.
“This is an event that will be broadcast in 174 countries, a very important event, an event that Eilat, too, is very much in need of,” says the tourism minister based on Reuters’ post. The 70th edition of the pageant will have 78 participants and this event will be held at the Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12 or December 13 in the Philippines.
As of this posting, Israel has recorded one positive case of Omicron, a female tourist who came from Malawi.
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