After yesterday’s announcement that a member of the Polish delegation has tested positive for COVID-19, and earlier today the same thing happened with Iceland, and that due to that these two delegations will not attend today’s Turqoise Carpet ceremony, the EBU has now confirmed that two more delegations won’t be attending today’s event – Romania and Malta.
The EBU made the following statement:
As a precautionary measure, the delegations from Romania and Malta will now not take part in the Turquoise Carpet event, on Sunday 16 May, following two previously reported positive COVID-19 tests within other delegations staying in the same hotel.
All participating artists received a PCR test yesterday (Saturday 15 May) in preparation for their appearance on the Carpet.
All members of the Maltese and Romanian delegations will also now undergo a further PCR test.
Destiny has also taken to Twitter, where she expressed her disappointment for not being able to attend today’s event, but also stated that she is safe and that following protocols remains the priority.
This was my look for the Turquoise carpet and @eurovision opening this evening. Unfortunately enough, due to Covid 19 restrictions and protocols I can’t participate as another case has been detected in our hotel 🥺.
I am safe but following protocols remains the priority. pic.twitter.com/UeDV1U3jA3
— Destiny (@destinymusicmt) May 16, 2021
The Turquoise Carpet event is set to start at 18:00 CET today, and right now 34 delegations are expected to take part.