Biden frowns on second debate if Trump is still positive for coronavirus

Biden says there shouldn’t be a debate if Trump is still positive for COVID-19

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” if the president remains positive for the coronavirus.

Biden told reporters Tuesday that he was “looking forward to being able to debate" Trump, but added that “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.” BIden said he did not know Trump’s status since the president returned to the White House after being hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 late last week.

Biden told reporters while boarding a plane in Hagerstown, Maryland for his home in Delaware, “I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn’t have a debate.”

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The next debate is scheduled for Oct. 15, with a third debate slated for Oct. 22.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump announced he was planning to attend the second debate, which is scheduled to be held in Miami.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!” the president tweeted early Tuesday.

“FEELING GREAT!” he added in a separate tweet.

People with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 are likely to “remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset,” according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But that period could be doubled in cases of more serious illness, The New York Times reported.

That means Mr. Trump could still be contagious, Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious-disease physician in South Carolina, told the newspaper.

“We don’t even know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone in a few days,” Kuppali told the Times.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden said there should not be a second debate next week if President Donald Trump still tests positive for the coronavirus.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden said there should not be a second debate next week if President Donald Trump still tests positive for the coronavirus. (Associated Press)