Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders cancel Cleveland campaign events citing coronavirus


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The presidential campaigns of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have canceled events in Cleveland ahead of the key March 17 Ohio primary, citing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement.

A Biden campaign official, Kate Bedingfeld, said on Twitter: “In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio tonight is canceled.”

Biden, the former vice president, and Sanders, the Vermont senator, are now in a two-man race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

President Donald Trump has said he will not cancel events and is going ahead with a speech on Saturday in Las Vegas to the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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