Former Vice President Biden, who was nominated as a presidential candidate by the United States Democratic Party, yesterday (17th) criticized President Trump for surrendering to the new crown pneumonia epidemic, failing to prepare for the second possible outbreak ready. Trump is scheduled to hold his first major campaign rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma this Saturday (20th), but the latest data show that the number of confirmed diagnoses in 22 states nationwide has rebounded. Including Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas.
Biden said at an event and speech in Philadelphia: “In the process of fighting this virus, the American people have sacrificed too much… We may lose some of the progress we began to make, all because of him. (Trump) has lost interest. Now, he is just surrendering in this fight.” Biden also pointed out that Trump is eager to restart the campaign rally and put others in danger.
According to the latest data provided by Johns Hopkins University, more than 8.329 million people have been infected with the New Coronary Pneumonia virus and more than 448,000 people have died. The United States continues to top the list, with more than 2.162 million people diagnosed nationwide and more than 117,000 deaths. Experts warn that the epidemic is still far away from the end, and worry that there will be another big outbreak by the end of this year.
Oklahoma Health Department officials urged those who plan to attend the Trump campaign rally to be tested before attending, and to be isolated and tested again after attendance. Elders aged 65 or above and other high-risk persons are best left at home.
Oklahoma had 259 newly diagnosed cases yesterday, more than 2,600 in Florida, more than 1,800 in Arizona, and more than 3,100 in Texas. The outbreaks in Nevada and Oregon are also worrying.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign countered Biden’s remarks, saying that Trump and his government have been fighting the epidemic regardless of partisanship, and that Biden just sat aside and did nothing but spread panic.