Law and order fears for NYC as nearly 10,000 NYPD and FDNY members call out sick amid a rise in burglaries while virus daily death toll DOUBLES in the city to 757

Sunday, April 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

As the coronavirus takes hold around one in four FDNY are out sick as of Friday
3,000 emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters called out
The number of 911 calls being placed is among the highest ever recorded
More than 400 members of the FDNY have tested positive for the coronavirus
At the NYPD one in six are calling out sick – around 6,500 members in total
There are more than 113,000 cases of the virus in New York with 3,500 deaths
The reduction in a police presence has led to an increase in businesses being burgled including supermarkets and eateries in particular

5 April 2020

There are fears of a breakdown in law and order in New York as the city’s key agencies feel the brunt of the coronavirus.

The NYPD has reported that up to a sixth of its force, or around 6,500 members called out sick towards the end of last week and the numbers are not expected to improve over the coming days.

Things are even worse at the FDNY with the number of those having to stay at home because of the disease even higher.

One in four members of its EMT paramedic team, about 4,000 people, are currently having to stay off work.

Among firefighters as a whole, around 17 percent are off on sick leave.

The combined number of FDNY firefighters and paramedics no longer able to work is around 3,000 according to NBC4.

The huge shortfall in those working on the front line of the emergency services comes as the city is expected to enter its worst week so far, as the numbers of deaths are expected to continue to rise as the virus takes hold.

The absence of key emergency response workers comes at a crucial time for the city as the coronavirus has led to an all-time high in the sheer number of 911 calls coming in with new records being set almost every day over the last week.

To put in some perspective, a ‘busy day’ would normally consist of around 4,000 calls, however last Monday the FDNY had to deal with more than 6,500.

FDNY Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Frank Dwyer called the volume of calls received over a three day period the ‘largest in our history.’

Residents are now being advised not to call 911 unless the symptoms they are experiencing are severe or not related to the COVID-19 disease.

The grim outlook also applies to hospital too with facilities stretched to the limit on staffing, bed and equipment.

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