DONALD Trump and Bernie Sanders have shrugged off spreading coronavirus fears as they vowed to continue holding large 2020 campaign rallies.
President Donald Trump, 73, former vice president Joe Biden, 77, and Vermont senator Sanders, 78 – all have yet to cut back political rallies as the spread of coronavirus continues.
Keep America Great campaign events will not be halted, Trump announced Saturday in Mar a Lago.
Donald Trump said: "We will have tremendous rallies and we're doing very well, and we've done a fantastic job with respect to that subject."
Despite an individual testing positive for coronavirus after the CPAC conference about two weeks ago and the virus spread in Washington, D.C., Trump added: “No, I’m not concerned at all. We've done a great job."
Bernie said on Sunday on Meet the Press: “Obviously what is most important to us is to protect the health of the American people.
“And what I will tell you, we are talking to public health officials all over this country. This is an issue that every organization, every candidate has got to deal with."
There have been 21 coronavirus deaths in the US, according to officials.
With coronavirus cases in the United States now surpassing 500, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions – heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease – to avoid crowds and take everyday precautions.
On CNN's State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked Sanders: "You, President Trump, Vice President Biden, you're all older Americans… Do you think that all three of you should be limiting your travel and avoiding crowds?"
Sanders replied: “In the best of all possible worlds, maybe.
"But right now, we're running as hard as we can.”
On Friday night, Sanders brought in more than 7,000 supporters to a convention hall in Detroit, as well as approximately 15,000 people at a Saturday rally in Chicago.
The Democratic presidential hopeful added: “I’ve been working really, really hard.
"Look, this is the most consequential election in the modern history of the United States of America.
"Trump, in my view, is a president who is a liar, who is running a corrupt administration, who does not understand the Constitution of the United States, who thinks he's above the law. He has to be beaten.”
On Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged people leaving their homes to "be extra cautious" and "wash their hands frequently."
He also recognized Trump's hectic schedule and how for numerous Americans "life can't stop."
Trump tweeted earlier today: "We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.
"We moved VERY early to close borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend. V.P. is doing a great job. The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to make us look bad. Sad!"
The deadly virus isn't on Trump's radar – even after learning that an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference tested positive for the illness.
The president, vice president, and other administration officials attended the February 29 gathering, where Trump pledged to protect the health and safety of Americans "with vigor."
Hours after the CPAC coronavirus revelation, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said a man in his 50s became the first confirmed case in the district.
The diagnosis in the nation's capital follows the deaths of two victims in Washington state, where the disease has killed 18 people so far.
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