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 BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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 TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE."

But Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierOvernight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies House to vote on 'I Am Vanessa Guillén' bill Overnight Defense: Trump's battle with Pentagon poses risks in November | Lawmakers launch Fort Hood probe | Military members can't opt out of tax deferral 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 SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda 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.