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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Tuesday that next week's scheduled debate with Republican President Donald Trump should not take place if Trump is still infected with COVID-19.

Biden said the October 15 debate in Miami should only be staged under strict health guidelines and called the coronavirus outbreak that has hit Trump and a wave of other White House officials "a very serious problem," Reuters reported.

Read alsoTrump discharged from hospital, back at White House"If he still has COVID, we shouldn't have a debate," Biden told reporters after a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.

"I'm not sure what President Trump is all about now. I don't know what his status is. I'm looking forward to being able to debate him, but I just hope all the protocols are followed," Biden said.

Asked about Biden's comments, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said: "President Trump will be healthy and will be there. There's no getting out of this one for Biden, and his protectors in the media can't cover for him."

U.S. presidential election

  • The U.S. presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.
  • According to a Reuters/Poll Ipsos survey released in early October, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is 10% ahead of his Republican rival, incumbent President Donald Trump.