Kamala Harris suspends travel after COVID-19 cases in her campaign team

Kamala Harris Suspends Travel After COVID-19 Cases In Her Campaign Team

Wilmington, Delaware – Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate of the United States, will suspend her in-person participation in campaign events until Monday, after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that the candidate was not exposed, although he and Harris spent several hours together in Arizona on October 8. Both have tested negative for coronavirus multiple times since then.

It is the first coronavirus incident in Biden’s campaign, after months of careful health precautions that led to ridicule from President Donald Trump, including after an outbreak at the White House that included the president and first lady Melania Trump. The cautious reaction of the Democratic campaign highlights again the differences in how rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of the preferred government response and the personal protocols of the candidates.

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The travel suspension disrupts Biden’s aggressive campaign efforts across a wide map of disputed states, including North Carolina and Ohio, the next two states Harris was going to visit.

The campaign sees Harris, the first black woman in the presidential running of one of America’s two major parties, as a key to its efforts in North Carolina, where growing black turnout is important to Democratic hopes of wresting the been to Trump. She was traveling to the state Thursday for early voting encouragement events.

Her trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as a candidate and would have brought her to the metropolitan area with the highest concentration of black voters in the state.

The senator’s brief absence from campaign events comes as Trump increases his own travel after he, the first lady and several members of his staff contracted the virus.

Biden’s campaign told reporters Thursday morning that Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and a flight crew member tested positive after a recent campaign trip to the southwest of the country.

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