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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 Biden 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 BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE 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 TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE."

But Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV 'misinformation rumor mills' House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent Lawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee room 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 SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst 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.