Joe Biden tests negative again for coronavirus on Sunday: Campaign

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative again for Covid-19 on Sunday (Oct 4) in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, his campaign said, according to a press pool report.

Mr Biden, 77, who shared a debate stage with President Donald Trump last Tuesday in Cleveland, also had tested negative in two tests on Friday, the day Mr Trump, 74, disclosed his coronavirus infection.

The campaign gave no other details when asked about the frequency of Mr Biden’s recent testing, according to the pool report.

Mr Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the US presidential race after Mr Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Mr Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.  

The Oct 2-3 national opinion poll gave little indication of an outpouring of support for the president beyond Mr Trump’s core group of followers, some of whom have gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the president has been hospitalised.  

Mr Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic as something that would disappear on its own, chiding Mr Biden as recently as last week for wearing a protective mask, even as the coronavirus infected millions of people and forced businesses and schools to close.

Among those adults who are expected to cast ballots in the Nov 3 election, the poll found that 51 per cent were backing Mr Biden, while 41 per cent said they were voting for Mr Trump.

Another 4 per cent were choosing a third-party candidate and another 4 per cent said they were undecided.  

Mr Biden’s 10-point edge over Mr Trump is 1 to 2 points higher than leads Mr Biden posted over the past several weeks, though the increase is still within the poll’s precision limits of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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