Nearly 4,000 new cases were confirmed on Friday – the highest number the state has seen in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to the state’s health ministry.
Although the president delivers his remarks outside at an airport, it is in a province with “very high business activity.”
A Trump campaign spokesman said the campaign has taken “strong precautions” for upcoming events.
“Every visitor has their temperature checked, is given a mask to wear and has access to a lot of hand sanitizer. We also have signs at our events directing attendees to wear their masks, ”Deputy National Press Secretary Courtney Parella said in a statement.
However, there was limited social distance from previous Trump campaign events and few attendees were seen wearing masks.
Dr. Bob Freedland, along with other doctors in Wisconsin, came forward on Friday to push for the cancellation of Mr. Trump’s meeting, “CBS This Morning: Saturday”.
“President Trump’s rallies endanger public health and have become platforms for him to disseminate medically inaccurate information,” he said.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has also expressed concerns.
“Unless something out of the ordinary happens between now and then, he’ll be encouraging a super spreader event,” Evers said Thursday, Spectrum News reported. “As Governor of Wisconsin, I would certainly ask him personally: make people wear masks, keep them physically distant.”
The Associated Press reported that people attending the meeting must park more than two miles away and take a shuttle bus to the event.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, condemned Trump for visiting Wisconsin while the state is “in the throes of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country.”
President Trump knowingly downplays the seriousness of the virus. At almost every turn, he panicked and tried to wish it away, instead of doing the hard work to get it under control, ”Biden said in a statement Saturday. “And today there are 150,000 fewer workers in Wisconsin than when President Trump took office and his failed response to the pandemic has crushed the Wisconsin economy.”