Barack Obama cancels birthday party for 475 people because of Delta variant – Young Pan

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A statement released by a spokesman for the former president said that the family decided to have a more intimate party because of the increase in cases of Covid-19

SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTObama turned 60 on Wednesday

The former president of United States, Barack Obama, who turns 60 this Wednesday, 4, canceled the party that would celebrate the new age at the weekend and decided to celebrate with a reduced event. The change was confirmed by Obama’s spokeswoman Hannah Hankins in a statement published by The Washington Post. She explained that the decision was taken “due to the new expansion of the Delta variant last week”. The party would have the presence of famous and political personalities in the gardens of the Democrat’s mansion, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in the state of Massachusetts, but the preparations generated controversy in the country that is experiencing an “epidemic of unvaccinated” and the increase of Covid-19 cases.

Actor George Clooney, film director Steven Spielberg and presenter Oprah Winfrey were among the 475 people who received invitations to the party, which would feature a concert by the band Pearl Jam and in which all guests would need to pass a Covid test. 19 before entering, according to local press. In the note, Hankins detailed that this event had been planned for months and following all public recommendations to protect against the disease. “The president and mrs. (Michelle) Obama decided to significantly reduce the event to only include family and closest friends,” said the spokeswoman. Hankins added that the former president “enjoys other people’s birthday congratulations from a distance and hopes to see them again soon.”