US Democrat Joe Biden has said he will not hold presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think this is the most unusual campaign in modern history,” Biden said at a press conference in Delaware.
His rival, President Donald Trump, saw less than expected turnout for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, and his campaign has not announced new protests.
Opinion polls show Biden with a nearly double-digit lead over Trump as the November 3 election looms.
On Tuesday, Biden told reporters: “I am going to follow the doctor’s orders, not only for myself but for the country, and that means I am not going to hold demonstrations.”
“I will not hold demonstrations.”
The former vice president of the United States under Barack Obama also said he has not yet been tested for Covid-19, which has killed nearly 130,000 people in the United States.
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Citing the pandemic, Biden has limited his public appearances, conducting interviews from an impromptu television studio in his basement, leading the Trump campaign to call him “Hidin ‘Biden”.
On Tuesday, Biden targeted the president for his handling of the pandemic.
“Month after month, as other leaders and other countries took the necessary steps to control the virus, Donald Trump failed us,” said Biden, before scoffing at Trump’s statement that he was a “wartime president.”
“It appears that our wartime president surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” Biden said.
The Democrat’s announcement comes when chief disease investigator Dr. Anthony Fauci told the United States Senate that he “would not be surprised” if new cases of the virus in the country hit 100,000 per day.
“We clearly are not in control right now,” Dr. Fauci testified, warning that there are not enough Americans with masks or social distancing.
On Tuesday, cases increased by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days.