Biden rallygoers offered hand sanitizer amid coronavirus concerns

Biden rallygoers offered hand sanitizer amid coronavirus concerns
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People attending a campaign rally for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response MORE in Detroit were offered hand sanitizer upon entry as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

Biden's supporters and reporters covering the rally were given spritzes of hand sanitizer as they entered the event space. The Democratic front-runner is campaigning in Michigan ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Videos posted on Twitter showed volunteers shouting “hand sanitizer” as supporters shuffled into the room.

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The Biden campaign told The Hill it plans to “closely follow” guidelines from local and federal health officials when it comes to “the types of events we hold and how we execute them.”

“In contrast with our current president, who not only doesn’t amplify the guidance that the experts offer — but directly contradicts it — Vice President Biden and our team will lead by example in following expert advice and complying with reasonable risk mitigations,” the campaign said in a statement. “At the same time, we will continue to run an aggressive, national campaign to win the Democratic nomination and defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE."

But Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump, Congress agree on coronavirus package? Biden rallygoers offered hand sanitizer amid coronavirus concerns MORE (D-Calif.) called on the presidential candidates to stop holding gatherings with large amounts of people to avoid any community spread of the virus.

“The CDC has been absolutely clear, people should not congregate in large groups,” she tweeted Monday. “The candidates must lead by example!”

Biden is leading Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators MORE (I-Vt.) by 19 percentage points in Michigan, according to a Monday Quinnipiac University Poll survey.

Coronavirus has spread to at least 36 states and Washington, D.C., infecting more than 600 people and killing 22, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Julia Manchester contributed.