Former Vice President Joe Biden will not travel to the Wisconsin Democratic Convention to accept the party’s presidential nomination due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden will instead accept via a national address in Delaware, his home state.
The convention was scheduled for August 17-20 in Milwaukee, but now it will be almost completely virtual.
Biden will face Donald Trump in the United States presidential election on November 3.
President Trump said he was “likely” to deliver his Republican presidential nomination speech live from the White House later this month.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said that decisions on Mr. Biden’s speech were made to protect the local community in Milwaukee and the people involved in creating the convention.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have given priority to the health and safety of the American people,” said DNC President Tom Pérez.
Local Wisconsin officials are yet to give speeches at the convention center, but high-profile Democrats, including Barack and Michelle Obama, are expected to appear via video link.
President Trump has been much more reluctant to move his convention online.
Initially, he had plans to hold the event in North Carolina, but moved to Florida due to coronavirus restrictions. Florida was demolished due to an increase in Covid-19 cases. The event, shortened in half a day, will now take place on August 24 in the city of Charlotte.
Speaking on Fox News on Wednesday, the president insisted the coronavirus outbreak “will disappear when things go away.”
Despite Trump calling for the total reopening of schools, it has been announced that Chicago public school students will begin the academic year remotely in September.
More than 157,000 people have died due to coronavirus in the United States, by far the highest number of deaths in the world, and deaths have averaged over 1,000 per day in the past few weeks.