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Biden talks coronavirus in Wilmington campaign stop

Sophia Schmidt
Delaware Public Media

Democratic Presidential front-runner Joe Biden was back home in Wilmington Thursday. 

The former Vice President spoke about the U.S. response to new coronavirus at the Hotel DuPont.

He criticized the Trump administration’s approach to the global pandemic, which has spread to the majority of states - including Delaware. 

And he described his campaign’s plan to address the U.S. outbreak, which includes increased testing and creation of a state and local emergency fund. 


“These funds could be used at the discretion of local leaders for whatever they need most--from expanding critical health infrastructure, hiring additional healthcare and emergency service personnel, or cushioning the wider economic blows this virus is going to create in their communities,” Biden said.

Biden called for large-scale relief for families and businesses and replacement of wages for people who are losing work because of the virus outbreak.  

Four people have tested presumptively positive for the new coronavirus disease so far in Delaware.


The nationwide outbreak has already impacted the functioning of the Delaware’s General Assembly and the state’s two largest universities.

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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