Union group’s Florida presidential forum canceled over coronavirus fears


A presidential forum hosted by the nation’s largest federation of unions, which Democratic contenders Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former vice president Joe Biden were planning to attend next week in Orlando, has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus, organizers said.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents millions of workers, was set to bring together Biden and Sanders days before Florida’s presidential primary, when more than 200 delegates will be at stake.

But on Saturday, the AFL-CIO Presidential Forum became the latest large gathering interrupted by the growing toll of the virus around the United States. Other major events, including several popular entertainment festivals, have been scrapped in recent days.

Coronavirus cases have been connected to multiple high-profile political events, stoking concerns that such gatherings will spread infections. News of the Florida’s forum’s cancellation came as an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference — attended last month by President Trump and a host of other senior officials — tested positive for the virus.


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