The UK has more police officers trained for the coronavirus pandemic than any other country, and is one of only two nations in the world that has more than 5,000 officers training for the virus, the Police Federation of England and Wales said.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police have trained at least 4,200, compared to just over 1,500 for the United States and about 2,000 for Germany, the federation said in a statement.
It also said that the training is being done on the premises of the National Police Training Centre in Surrey, which is run by the Ministry of Defence.
The force is also in talks with police from across the UK to train officers to deal with coronaviruses, the statement said.
In the UK, there have been about 10,000 deaths from COVID, which has infected 1.7 million people, and about 13,000 cases, which are the majority of which have been in London.
The first confirmed cases were in the capital last year and are thought to have been spread by an infected traveler.
About 70,000 of the 1.8 million people who have tested positive for COBD-19 have died.