|US President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden debate in the southern city of Nashville as part of the final sprint to the Nov 3 election. (Photos by=AFP/Jim Watson, Saul Loeb)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] US President Donald Trump promised supporters in Florida on Friday (Oct 23) that the COVID-19 pandemic would end soon and accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans into voting for him.
Biden earlier in the day said Trump had given up on containing the virus and promised if he wins the Nov 3 election he will ask Congress to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 bill that he would sign within the first 10 days of taking office."He's quit on America. He just wants us to grow numb," Biden said during a speech in his home city of Wilmington, Delaware. "I'm not going to shut down the economy. I'm not going to shut down the country. I'm going to shut down the virus."During two rallies in the battleground state of Florida, Trump mocked Biden for saying in Thursday night's presidential debate that the United States was entering a "dark winter".
Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation warned on Friday the virus could kill more than half a million people in the United States by the end of February 2021. About 130,000 lives could be saved if everybody wore masks, according to the study.