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Pandemic pageant Pamela Uba 'hopeful' after Miss World competition postponed due to Covid outbreak

The event was due to take place tonight

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Pamela Uba, who was crowned Miss Ireland 2021, works as a medical scientist at Galway University Hospital. Photo: PIP

Pamela Uba, who was crowned Miss Ireland 2021, works as a medical scientist at Galway University Hospital. Photo: PIP

Pamela Uba, who was crowned Miss Ireland 2021, works as a medical scientist at Galway University Hospital. Photo: PIP

Miss Ireland Pamela Uba has reacted after the Miss World competition was postponed at the last minute today due to rising Covid cases.

Taking to her Instagram stories, Pamela revealed that she is hopeful that she will be able to return to the competition in the new year.

“The Miss World competition has been postponed due to the Covid situation, Covid cases,” she said.

“We just want to protect everyone so to make sure that everyone gets home safe for Christmas, all the staff, all the contestants and the general Puerto Rican public.”

“So unfortunately, this is how things go.”

“We’re in very strange times right now so we just have to roll with the punches,” she added.

“I just wanted to say thanks to everyone one of you for supporting me I've seen all your messages thank you for all the love you've given me.”

“Hopefully we'll be back in 90 days so that we can continue with the final and prove ourselves on the Miss World Stage.”

Pamela is currently in Puerto Rico ahead of the pageant and was hoping to nab the crown at the Miss World competition which was due to take place tonight.

In a statement, Miss World 2021 said that after meeting with experts they decided it would be best to move the competition date.

“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 to be held within the next 90 days.”

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Pamela Uba will represent Ireland at Miss World. Blue draped cocktail dress, €250

Pamela Uba will represent Ireland at Miss World. Blue draped cocktail dress, €250

Pamela Uba will represent Ireland at Miss World. Blue draped cocktail dress, €250

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“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.”

Miss World bosses said that the next step will be immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing.

“Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries.”

Speaking to Sunday World before leaving Ireland for the event, Pamela, who is the first Black person to represent Ireland at the competition said: “The support has just been unreal from everyone.”

“The Black community is proud, it is as if all these women who message me are wearing the crown too.”

“My title is for everyone who felt they couldn’t be something, or do something, because of where they are from. Everyone is so supportive which is great, great feeling.”

“I never thought this would be me, I mean I am a determined person, but this is like a fairytale come true.”

“I am a medical scientist so this is very different to be in Miss World but I plan to just be myself, because that’s the advice from everyone. I will be posting every day from Miss World on my Instagram.”

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