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Trump to hold Wisconsin rally despite warning over public gatherings

Added 10-17-20 06:09:02am EST - “Wisconsin placed in ?red zone' for high infection rates as experts say people should avoid crowds to stop ?preventable deaths'” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Trump to hold Wisconsin rally despite warning over public gatherings”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday evening, despite state health officials declaring a crisis over the coronavirus pandemic and his own experts warning that public gatherings there risk causing “preventable deaths”.

Cases are rising in Wisconsin, as they are across the American heartland. On Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the US passed 8m confirmed cases. The death toll is close to 220,000. Both figures are the highest in the world.

The Trump rally is schedule for Janesville, a small city in the south of the crucial swing state, where Trump trails Joe Biden by about eight points in poll averages. The president had been due to campaign there on 3 October, before he contracted coronavirus and was airlifted to hospital.

Earlier this week, Trump’s own White House taskforce issued a warning to Wisconsin, which is considered to be in the “red zone” for high infection rates, saying people should avoid crowds if they want do not want to cause “preventable deaths”.

The warning was included in a weekly report issued to governors but not made public. It was reported by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), an investigative nonprofit in Washington.

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