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Cough or fever first? Covid variants can make symptoms appear in different order, US study says

Published: Dec 17, 2021

Source: The Print

New Delhi: The order of the symptoms that Covid-19 patients experience can differ with variants of the virus, according to a new study that explains how such changes can impact the spread of the infection. 


Source: India Today

Published: Dec 17, 2021

Miss World 2021 postponed after several contestants, including India's Manasa Varanasi, test Covid-19 positive

Miss World 2021 finale has been temporarily postponed. The finale was scheduled to take place on December 16 in Puerto Rico. However, the organisers had to postpone the event due to "health and safety interests of contestants, staff, crew and the general public." The finale will be rescheduled at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico within the next 90 days.

17 people, including Miss World 2021 contestants as well as the crew have contracted Covid-19, according to reports. Miss India 2020 Manasa Varanasi, who is representing India at the pageant, is also one of them.

The Miss World Organisation released a statement to announce the news. "Miss World 2021 temporarily postpones global broadcast finale in Puerto Rico due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and the general public."

The statement further mentioned why the decision to postpone the event was taken. "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 statement further reads.

"Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries," the official statement mentioned.

Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd, said, "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."

23-year-old Manasa Varanasi will be representing India at the 70th Miss World pageant. Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica was crowned Miss World 2019.