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More than 100 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 after fighting the virus on the front lines, according to a report from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

The FOP said in an e-mail obtained by the Hill that 111 officers have died from the disease since the onset of the pandemic, but noted that the tally was reported deaths, not confirmed deaths.

"The FOP knew at the beginning of the pandemic that law enforcement officers on the front lines combating this pandemic — more than 90% of whom will be responding from local and State agencies — would be increasingly vulnerable to contracting the virus. COVID-19 makes no distinction between age, race or gender," the organization said in a statement.

"As we had feared, the virus has claimed the lives of many, and now includes a growing number of law enforcement officers," it added.

 

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