Biden: Governors should issue lockdowns 'for the time being'

Biden: Governors should issue lockdowns 'for the time being'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Joe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary MORE said Friday he would recommend that governors across the country issue temporary lockdowns in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

"For the time being, I would," Biden told CNN's Anderson Cooper when asked if he would urge governors in every state implement a lockdown for several weeks.

"You don't know who doesn't have the virus," the former vice president continued, noting that many people who may have the virus could be asymptomatic.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE has so far declined to recommend a nationwide lockdown over COVID-19, something other countries such as Italy have done in an attempt to curb the spreading virus.

The United States on Friday had more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, shortly after the country moved into first in the world in the total number of cases, past Italy and China.

Amid rising figures, a number of governors across the country have issued temporary orders for residents to shelter in place, closing many restaurants and bars and keeping open those businesses deemed essential, such as grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations.

Biden said Friday that he had spoken with a number of Democratic governors, including Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee121 University of Washington students test positive for coronavirus Barr praises Seattle police chief as officers clear protest zone OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 | Commerce Department led 'flawed process' on Sharpiegate, watchdog finds | EPA to end policy suspending pollution monitoring by end of summer MORE (Wash.), Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.), Tom Wolf (Pa.) and John Bel Edwards (La.). Whitmer is a co-chairwoman on Biden's campaign.

The former vice president said he also had spoken with Republican governors but did not name them.

Biden has used his now completely digital campaign to counterprogram Trump's response to the virus this week, using virtual television interviews, press briefings, roundtables and a newsletter in an attempt to contrast Trump's handling of the crisis with his own recommended approach.

The former vice president released a plan to bolster the economy amid the pandemic. Biden said the plan would accelerate aid to businesses that vow to keep their workers employed, expedite the delivery of unemployment insurance, pressure banks to provide loans to small businesses and lean on large companies seeking taxpayer assistance to emphasize “that they need to make hard commitments that the assistance will go toward their workers.”