President Trump delivers remarks in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday night, a day after the state reported its highest toll of new coronavirus cases.
According to the state’s health services department, nearly 4,000 new cases were confirmed on Friday – the highest number the state has seen in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
Although the president is delivering his remarks outside at an airport, it is in a county that has “very high activity.”
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said the campaign had taken “strong precautions” for upcoming events.
“Each attendee gets their temperature checked, is given a mask they are responsible for wearing and has access to plenty of hand sanitizers. We also have signs at our events asking attendees to wear their masks,” said Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary in a report.
However, social distancing has been limited in previous Trump campaign events and few attendees have been seen wearing masks.
Dr Bob Freedland, along with other Wisconsin doctors, intervened Friday to demand the cancellation of Mr Trump’s rally, “TBEN This Morning: Saturday”.
“President Trump’s rallies endanger public health and they have become platforms for him to disseminate medically inaccurate information,” he said.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has also expressed concern.
“Unless something extraordinary happens by then, it will encourage a big-ticket event,” Evers said Thursday, Spectrum News reported. “As governor of the state of Wisconsin, I would ask him personally, that people wear a mask, that they be physically away.”
The The Bharat Express News reported that those attending the rally will need to park more than two miles away and take a shuttle to the event.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, criticized Mr. Trump for his visit to Wisconsin as the state “grapples with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country.”
“President Trump is knowingly downplaying the severity of the virus. At virtually every turn, he panicked and tried to wish it, rather than doing the hard work to bring it under control,” Biden said in a statement Saturday. “And today 150,000 fewer Wisconsin workers are employed than when President Trump took office and his failed response to the pandemic crushed the Wisconsin economy.”