Barack and Michelle Obama
President Obama Awards Willie Mays The Presidential Medal Of Freedom Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Amid the furor caused over #Obama Variant, reports now state that at least 74 guests have tested positive for COVID-19 on Martha's Vineyard post Barack Obama's wild island birthday bash on Aug. 7. The numbers are by far the highest ever to be recorded on the Island since April, irking critics who slammed the 44th President of the United States for his glaring insensitivity in the face of an ongoing global health crisis.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital spokeswoman Marissa Lefebvre spoke to the media, and maintained that this time of the year was always "the busiest time on the island". Hence, suggesting how it's still uncertain to attribute the gnawing uptick to Obama's party, reported The Sun.

Meanwhile, the Obamas don’t seem to have let bygones be bygones at least as far as the former president’s 60th birthday celebrations controversy is concerned.

Singer Erykah Badu who stirred up a storm after posting secret snaps from the high-profile bash in Martha’s Vineyard has sought the first lady’s forgiveness for being a “terrible guest”. Badu tweeted her request for an apology for the blooper, which sparked an online outrage under the hashtag #obamavariant.

The images that showed the Obamas and their guests flouting COVID-19 norms have been deleted from the singer’s profile.

While Barack alleged that his birthday celebrations was going to be a “scaled down” affair, bringing the numbers down to just 200 guests from an original list of 500, photographs from the night clearly proved otherwise.

The “Tyrone” singer, who clearly resents her move at the moment, added on her post that the episode shook her and also taught her what a terrible idea that was. The 50-year-old Grammy-award winner’s leaked shots included a now-deleted video next to a maskless Obama, who was reveling the night away as he shook a leg with his guests.

According to Fox News, Badu’s decision to take the images off her social media page was a personal choice. On being prodded about the same by a fan, she reiterated that it wasn’t due to any pressure from the Obamas, but rather because it was just the right thing to do. Badu, who was born Erica Abi Wright, closed her apology with her birth name.

Trap Beckham and his manager TJ Chapman were the other names that landed in soup for sharing a peek into the wild celebrations at Obama’s pad in Oaks Bluff to followers. However, in this case, Beckham and Chapman were instructed to take the images down. They were also seen smoking marijuana, which is legal in Massachusetts in one of the snaps shared by the rapper and his manager.

Another artiste to have shared images included H.E.R., who uploaded a shot of her standing between the 44th president of the United States and the former first lady Michelle, according to USA Today.

The Obamas are yet to address the incident, or comment on the topic that has been trending online for the past couple of weeks.

Barack and Michelle Obama
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

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