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Biden says those who don’t take virus precautions seriously are ‘responsible for what happens to them.’

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday suggested President Trump bore some responsibility for his positive coronavirus test because of the way he has flouted public health guidelines for months.

“Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think, is responsible for what happens to them,” Mr. Biden said at a town hall hosted by NBC, when asked whether Mr. Trump was partly responsible for his diagnosis.

Last week Mr. Biden shared a debate stage with Mr. Trump in Cleveland, but said he was not fearful for his own health.

“I’ve been fastidious about the social distancing,” Mr. Biden said. “I’ve been fastidious about wearing a mask.” He said he and Mr. Trump maintained their distance during the debate, but acknowledged, “it was a little disconcerting to look out and see that his whole section, no one had masks on, when my wife was sitting further down, had a mask on, the people with us had masks on. I didn’t quite get that.”

He twice tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, his campaign has said, and tested negative again on Sunday. His campaign has declined to say whether Mr. Biden is being tested daily, but has said he is being tested regularly, including before travel, as he did Monday to Florida.

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