Critics criticize former President Barack Obama and his birthday party last weekend after Martha’s Vineyard reported an increase in coronavirus cases.
Critics use hashtags such as “#superspreader” and “#ObamaVariant” after the Daily Mail reported that at least 74 people have tested positive for the virus from Obama’s elite party last Saturday, more than a week since April.
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A health official for the town of Martha’s Vineyard in Tisbury, however, said officials were not aware of the party-related cases.
“At this time, we are not aware of any cases related to the Obama party,” Maura Valley, Tisbury health worker and spokesperson for health boards, told the Daily Mail. “It’s a little too early and the only way we can find out is through a full contact tracing.”
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“It’s the busiest time on the island,” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital spokesperson Marissa Lefebvre told the Boston Herald. “It is impossible for us to know at this stage” whether the infections are linked to the Obama party.
Obama celebrated his 60th birthday last Saturday on his nearly 30-acre property in Massachusetts, which he and the former first lady Michelle obama purchased in 2019 for $ 11.75 million.
Celebrities such as Don cheadle, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, musician Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Steven Colbert, Bruce Springsteen were all reportedly present.
Guests were said to have been asked to get their shots before the event, and the birthday was reduced more than originally planned in light of the delta variant.
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The peak of cases on the island also comes as parts of the country report an increase in cases, with the delta variant accounting for more than 80% of all cases by the end of July. On Martha’s Vineyard, in particular, 48 cases were reported the week before the holiday, double the previous week.
Barack and Michelle Obama’s office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the matter.
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