This could get ugly.
A contestant in the Miss Universe pageant has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Israel.
She was already fully vaccinated, organizers said.
But the show will go on in Israel, whichafter the Omicron variant was detected there.
The infected contestant was not immediately identified by pageant organizers, and it was unclear whether she had tested positive for the
Organizers said the fully vaccinated woman was tested upon her arrival to Israel and subsequently taken to a government-run hotel to quarantine.
Most of the 80 contestants have already arrived in Israel for the pageant, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 12 in the southern city of Eilat, the Miss Universe Organization said. Strict COVID-19 protocols have been established for all involved, the organization said.
Israel shut down its borders over the weekend after a traveler from Malawi tested positive for the Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa but appears to be rapidly spreading across the globe from Hong Kong to the Netherlands to Canada.
The upcoming pageant has been surrounded by controversy amid calls to boycott the event over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Malaysia, which supports the Palestinian cause, said it declined to send a contestant over COVID-19 concerns.
The currently crowned Miss Universe,, told the Associated Press earlier this month in Jerusalem that she believes the contest should not be politicized.
“Everyone with different beliefs, with different backgrounds, with different cultures, they all come together, and when you are in there, you forget about politics, about your religion,”. “It’s just about embracing other women.”
Meza, who was crowned at a ceremony in Florida in May, is expected to present the crown to this year’s winner in Eliat.
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