Democratic pre-candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden will virtually celebrate the events he has planned in the coming days in the states of Florida and Illinois, where next to Ohio there will be primaries next Tuesday, due to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
In a statement, the Biden campaign reported Wednesday that, after holding talks with health authorities, it will not hold large-crowd events next Friday and Monday in those two states.
“The events on Friday and Monday will be virtual, and the campaign will announce details on the format and time of virtual events and other future events in the coming days,” said the campaign, which stressed that public health and safety is its “number one” priority.
On Tuesday, Biden and his rival, leftist senator Bernie Sanders, canceled the planned rallies in Cleveland, Ohio for the expansion of COVID-19, after a “mini-super Tuesday,” which hosted primaries and caucuses in six states – Michigan. , Mississippi, Missouri, Idaho, Washington and North Dakota-.
At the moment, the Sanders campaign has not announced any changes to its plans for the next few days.
Biden and Sanders will star next Sunday in the Democratic debate in Phoenix (Arizona), which the party has decided to hold without an audience due to the coronavirus.
According to the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 cases reach 938 in the United States, with 29 deaths. In both Florida and Illinois there have been 19 infections, respectively.
The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the coronavirus can now be defined as a “pandemic”, after the number of cases outside China multiplied by 13 in the past two weeks and that of affected countries tripled.