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Last week, co-host Whoopi Goldberg beganmoderating the show from home as a precaution.
In remarks that lasted about 15 minutes Monday, Biden offered a pre-rebuttal of sorts to the president's daily press briefings and asked for the "unvarnished truth" from the president about the current response."These briefings are an important opportunity to inform and reassure the American public.
They are not a place for political attacks or to lash out at the press," Biden said appearing to read from a teleprompter.One difference between the president's briefing and Biden's remarks was Biden did not take questions from reporters, though he said last week on a press call he hopes to do so more often.
Away from the rope lines, where Biden's glad-handing and impromptu counseling is warmly received, he also continued to emphasize the emotional toll these sudden life changes have had.
"Like all families the Biden family is adjusting to new ways – less time together, more worrying about friends and relatives, concerns about those who are isolated or suffering due to their coronavirus," he said, "As Americans, we may be physically apart but we are truly all in this together and you know it."As for his own work schedule, Biden told the press he has been making calls for around seven hours a day to stay informed.
He's been talking with House and Senate Democratic leadership working on the COVID-19 response stimulus package, as well as with governors and mayors dealing with the response in their communities.
In a call with Georgia donors Sunday night, Biden said he sees "no need" to postpone the election because of the current health scare, and he said some have told him "the other guy is going to try to postpone the election in November," an apparent reference to President Trump.The national death count stood at 374 as of Sunday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Cuomo has asked the federal government to establish field hospitals at four sites, including the Javits Center in Manhattan.In addition to New York, Gottlieb said he believes there are other cities across the country that "are at extreme risk," including New Orleans, where officials are "not taking appropriate measures.
""This is a sticky virus.We're learning that much more of the transmission probably happens from touching contaminated surfaces," he said.
"So any city that has a mass transit system is probably at risk and needs to be taking very aggressive steps, cities like Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Boston.