American Democrat Joe Biden said he will not hold presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think this is the most unusual campaign in modern history,” Biden said at a news conference in Delaware.
His rival, President Donald Trump, saw a lower than expected turnout at a demonstration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June and his campaign did not announce any new rallies.
Opinion polls show Biden with an almost double-digit advantage over Trump as the November 3 elections approach.
On Tuesday, Biden told reporters, “I’m going to follow the doctor’s orders – not just for me, but for the country – and that means I’m not going to hold any rallies.
“I am not going to hold rallies.”
The former US vice president under Barack Obama also said he has not yet been tested for Covid-19, which killed almost 130,000 people in the United States.
Citing the pandemic, Biden limited his public appearances, conducting interviews from an improvised TV studio in his basement, prompting the Trump campaign to call him “Hidin ‘Biden”.
On Tuesday, Biden targeted the president for handling the pandemic.
“Month after month, while other leaders and other countries took the necessary steps to control the virus, Donald Trump failed us,” said Biden, before mocking Trump’s statement that he was a “president of the war”.
“It looks like our war president surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” said Biden.
The Democrat’s announcement comes when researcher Anthony Fauci told the US Senate that he “would not be surprised” if new cases of viruses in the country reached 100,000 a day.
“We are clearly not in control now,” Fauci testified, warning that there are not enough Americans wearing masks or social detachment.
On Tuesday, cases increased by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days.