Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden returned on the campaign trial after testing negative for COVID-19 on Friday.
Biden, in the battleground state of Michigan, said that President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis is a “bracing reminder” that the pandemic needs to be taken seriously.
While speaking at at a union hall in Grand Rapids hours, the 77-year-old said that he and his wife, Jill Biden, were praying that Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, had a swift and full recovery.
According to a doctor, Biden, who met Trump during a debate on Tuesday night, with his wife, tested negative for the deadly virus.
Biden also urged all Americans to wear masks to slow the spread of the disease. He implicitly criticized the Republican president, who has played down the deadliness of the virus, frequently eschews masks, and has held huge campaign rallies with little social distancing.
“Be patriotic,” Biden said. “It’s not about being a tough guy. It’s about doing your part.”
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign on Friday announced that all previously declared campaign events involving Trump would be moved to a virtual setting or temporarily postponed after he tested positive for COVID-19.