Trump holds indoor rally despite virus concerns

President Donald Trump held a Nevada campaign rally at an indoor venue on Sunday, despite public health professionals' warnings against large indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

People in the crowd were seated close together and many did not wear masks.

The president railed against his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden has criticized Trump for holding campaign events that put people at risk of contracting the coronavirus, which has killed more than 194,000 people in the United States.

Trump played down the virus in its early stages and has alternately embraced and disregarded advice from public health experts, who encourage mask-wearing and maintaining social distance to prevent its spread.

Trump is in the middle of a western swing that will include a campaign stop in Arizona and a visit to California on Monday to be briefed about the wildfires devastating the west coast.

Biden on Monday is set to speak about the catastrophic blazes from his home state of Delaware, aiming to bring climate change to the forefront of the presidential campaign.