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US News World's oldest man Bob Weighton turns 112, but has to cancel birthday party due to coronavirus

21:30  29 march  2020
21:30  29 march  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Bob Weighton is about to turn 112 – but he won’t be living it up with family and friends tomorrow. He is in isolation due to coronavirus , and celebrations have had to be cancelled . The great-grandfather-of-25 usually enjoys a visit from the mayor at his care home, where local school pupils

The world ' s oldest man has said celebrations for his 112 th birthday are a "dead loss" after they had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mr Weighton said that now the " world is in a bit of a mess" with coronavirus and it worries him because "nobody knows what is going to happen".

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The world's oldest man has said celebrations for his 112th birthday are a "dead loss" after they had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, took up the title of the oldest man in the world last month after the death of the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan.

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THE 112 th birthday celebrations of the world ' s oldest man have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world . Bob Weighton from Alton, Hampshire is under lockdown like the rest of the country and will be unable to celebrate the title.

Coronavirus has ruined my 112 th BIRTHDAY ! Briton who became world ' s oldest man last month is now forced to cancel his big celebratory Bob Weighton was planning a party for his 112 th birthday taking place tomorrow. The celebration has had to be cancelled due to the coronovirus lockdown.

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On Sunday he became the third Briton in history to celebrate a 112th birthday.

The former teacher and engineer told Press Association: "Everything is cancelled, no visitors, no celebration. It's a dead loss as far as celebration is concerned."

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Spanish Flu

Bob Weighton who took up the title of the oldest man in the world last month celebrates his 112th birthday (Photo: PA)

Mr Weighton lived through the Spanish flu pandemic which swept around the globe in 1918, when he was 10 years old, killing between 50 and 100 million people.

He said: "I only read about it in history books when I got older. Actually I wasn't aware there was a Spanish flu around because none of my brothers and sisters or people I knew were affected.

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The world ’ s oldest man has been forced to cancel his 112 th birthday celebrations due to the virus outbreak. From Hampshire, England, Bob Weighton was meant to celebrate his birthday this Sunday. Weighton , who also lived through the Spanish flu pandemic which swept around the globe in

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"I am sure they were, but a child's world is not an adult's world, a child doesn't read the newspapers and there was no radio in those days so you didn't get news in the sense you get it thrown at you in all directions nowadays."

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Unknown enemy

Mr Weighton said that now the "world is in a bit of a mess" with coronavirus and it worries him because "nobody knows what is going to happen".

He added that, unlike the two World Wars he lived through, the challenge of Covid-19 is the unknown elements of battling the virus.

He said: "In the Second World War you knew what you had to do, you might fail but the objectives were clear as Churchill rallied the country behind him, 'We will fight on the beaches', etc etc.

"We knew exactly what we had to do. That was an objective that you could possibly reach, but nobody knows how we are going to defeat the virus."

Reliant on help

Mr Weighton said the impact on him of self-isolation was that he had become more dependent on the care home where he lives, particularly for meals and from the assistant who helps him clean and lift heavier objects.

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Bob Weighton , who was born on 29 March 1908, is expected to be named as the new record-holder following the death of 112 -year- old Chitetsu Watanabe. The Japanese supercentenarian died on Sunday, just days after being awarded a Guinness World Records certificate.

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He explained: "It means that I have to be more self-sufficient, do my own cooking, cleaning, read the books that I haven't read.

"I am less capable of doing things for myself than I was 10 years ago - I can't lift the weights, I can't move as fast, I can't even dress myself properly. I depend very much on other people these days."

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