JOE Biden is to accuse Trump of a "failure to protect the American people" and 'surrendering" to coronavirus in fiery campaign speech.
Campaign officials said Biden will speak on Trump's handling of the pandemic during a Tuesday speech in Wilmington, Delaware, ABC reported.
He will lay out Trump's "failure to mobilize an effective response" to COVID-19, and accuse him of "surrendering" to the virus, campaign officials told ABC.
Campaign officials said he will also create a "timeline of Trump's inactions and failures."
Biden is also expected to release a "scorecard" document on social media Tuesday, detailing his critique of Trump's handling of COVID-19, The Washington Post reported.
The document will speak on different areas where Biden's campaign believes Trump did not take enough action against the virus.
This includes things like not providing enough testing and treatment, not providing enough protective gear, and not protecting workers, The Washington Post reported.
It will include proposals of how Biden would halt virus spread – including free testing, treatment, and paid leave for those who fall sick.
COVID-19 cases have spiked across the US in recent weeks, causing several states to go back into lockdown.
As of Tuesday, the US has confirmed more than 2.6million cases of COVID-19, and more than 129,000 Americans have died.
Biden has been long-critical of Trump's handling of the pandemic.
During a Pennsylvania speech last Thursday, Biden called Trump a "whining child" as he slammed his coronavirus response.
“He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him,” Biden raged.
“All his whining and self-pity."
"Well this pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us. And his job isn’t to whine about it, his job is to do something about it, to lead," he added.
Trump's actions against the coronavirus included a travel ban from China, and then Europe weeks later in the early days before outbreaks surged across the US.
The president has likened higher case numbers in the US to increased testing.
Late last month, Trump called it a "badge of honor" that America had the most confirmed cases in the world.
"It’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done," Trump said.
"If you’re testing 14 million people, you’re going to find many more cases," he added.
He continued: "So when we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”
Biden previously said he would make it mandatory to wear face masks in public – a polar approach to Trump.
Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask on Veteran's Day, and suggested he only did so to be "politically correct."
At recent rallies, the president's campaign has said they would provide masks – but they would not be mandatory.
Trump has also been pictured without a face mask at press conferences and during his travels in recent weeks.
Recent polls from The New York Times and Siena college have shown Biden in a lead against Trump.
One survey on a variety of Biden and the president on a number different issues, however, found Trump held favor with Americans in the economy.
With four months to the election, Trump could still polls – as he did in the 2016 against Hillary Clinton – and pull a win in the election.
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