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After 10 days, Miss Universe contender who contracted COVID cleared to compete

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Clemence Botino, the contestant representing France at this year’s Miss Universe competition in Eilat, has been cleared to leave quarantine and join the competition 10 days after she tested positive for COVID following her arrival in Israel.

Botino told her followers on Instagram that she was allowed to finally leave her hotel room on Wednesday. She flew to Eilat to join her fellow contestants ahead of the Miss Universe competition, which will take place in the early hours of Monday morning.

Botino, who is fully vaccinated and tested negative before departing France, tested positive for COVID-19 upon landing in Israel in late November. The beauty queen wrote on Instagram that she was “crying all day” after receiving the news, but vowed to stay upbeat. “Even if it is hard I won’t give up,” she wrote. “Life has brought me to Israel and everything is ready. Every situation [is] supposed to make us stronger.”

She was forced to hole up in a hotel room in Jerusalem for 10........

© The Times of Israel

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