Obama cancels 60th birthday party with covid-19 advance in US


The former American president, Barack Obama, decided to cancel a controversial birthday party scheduled for this week, the most recent symbol of the setback in the US reopening generated by cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Obama turns 60 on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and has an event for hundreds of people scheduled for the weekend.

But a spokeswoman for the former president told the site today Insider that the celebration will now be smaller, just for a few close friends, in a restaurant.

The spokeswoman said the party had been planned “months ago” in accordance with the rules then in effect. However, in recent weeks, state governments across the country have been reinstating restrictions to prevent further contagion from the delta variant.