Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, (AP Photo)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide mask mandate, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives over the next three months.

Biden and vice presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris spoke briefly Thursday after being briefed by public health and economic experts on the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused the deaths of more than 166,000 Americans and plunged the global economy into the worst economic recession since World War II.