High-end shops in New York boarded up as coronavirus takes its toll on NYPD with one in six cops now sick – The Sun

HIGH-end stores throughout New York City have been boarded up amid fears of looting as police numbers take a hit from the coronavirus.

The NYPD has seen one in six cops call in sick and seven of its employees have died as a result of the virus, which has now killed 3,128 people in the city.

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There have already been some reports of looting in various states but the luxury stores in New York were already taking precautions.

Designer stores such as Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana are boarding up their windows in anticipation of civil unrest.

Eerie images show the Big Apple deserted after governor Andrew Cuomo shut down all nonessential businesses across the state.

Just grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential operations remain open as people are under stay at home orders.

Despite grim mood in the city, some businesses in Manhattan painted messages of support and encouragement in the battle against the coronavirus.

“We are all in this together. Stay save. Save lives,” read one,

Louis Vuitton in SoHo was among the storefronts to leave messages on the wooden boards guarding its property reading.

“The journey that was paused will eventually start again, Louis Vuitton wishes you & your loved ones health & safety,” it read.

New York remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S with reports that hospitals and mortuaries are struggling with the numbers of dead.

The NYPD continues to grapple with the surging number of employees who have either called out sick or tested positive for the virus.

Two police chiefs and the deputy commissioner of counterterrorism are among more than 1,500 officers on the force who have contracted COVID-19.

Reports of the seven most serious crimes including rape, robbery and assault have dropped to just 187 calls a day compared to 267 daily calls in the week and a half before New York City enacted emergency rules.

But the drop in serious crimes throughout the city is overshadowed by the number of officers who have contracted the virus.

Of the NYPD's 36,000 officers, 1,839 of its employees – 1,619 uniformed cops and 220 civilian members – have tested positive for COVID-19.

That's a 53 per cent increase from Tuesday, according to info from the NYPD obtained by the New York Post.

US has double the coronavirus cases in Italy with Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia flagged as the next "hotspots."

There are currently 277,522 patients on American soil versus Italy's 119,827 COVID-19 infections, with the three states set to replace New York as the US epicenter.

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