Europe on coronavirus lockdown: Part 3

Novel coronavirus cases in Italy continue to rise as the country continues its lockdown. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for Brits to work from home and avoid social contact.
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Transcript for Europe on coronavirus lockdown: Part 3
tonight on this live "20/20" to Europe, to Italy, because health officials in this country are studying what they're seeing there, in France. In Italy, in fact, they have more doctors and more hospital beds per capita than what we have even right here in the U.S. So, we'll drill down on that, as well. Tonight, the Vatican now revealing a bishop who recently met with the pope has now tested positive. Tonight, at least 349 deaths reported in just the last 24 hours in Italy alone. The images are haunting. You've seen them. France, Spain and Germany now locking down their countries. And ABC's James Longman tonight from London. Italy has now had nearly 28,000 cases, with more than 2,100 deaths and as the toll surges across the continent, Europe is now the epicenter of the covid-19 crisis. More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the highest of its epidemic. And now Italy's health service is overwhelmed. We are starting to discharge many patients, that is very good, but as soon as we discharge one, we see another one. Tents outside hospitals to stop the spread inside. Thousands fighting for their lives and dignity. Translator: We are almost at the same level as as emergency word. Says this nurse. He says the main issue is the fear, having to calm patients, reassure them and give them a plan they can trust. There can be no funerals in Italy. Only names in the paper. Pages and pages of obituaries for those claimed by Corona. The dead laid to rest unaccompanied. Their mourning families, some of them millions, still stuck at home. But Italy may have acted too late and not strongly enough at first. South Korea was hit around the same time, but has recorded just 75 deaths. Europe holds its breath to avoid infection, today issuing a 30-day ban on all nonessential travel to the eu. The European effort, though, is not coordinated. But America's closest ally, Britain, slower than others. We need people to start working from home. World health organization advice is more direct. Not quarantine alone, not social distancing alone. Do it all. Back in Italy, Easter services disrupted. The pope's solo vigil, offering up prayers on behalf of millions. And every night, tributes are laid down for their front line heroes. We light up candles every night. We want to pay a visible and strong homage to all the doctors and nurses who are constantly working to help us here. Just incredible images from we're going to continue to follow that and bring back in Dr. Jen Ashton, who is with us. We were talking about this on "World news tonight," just the numbers when you compare with Italy. Look at the numbers at home. In Italy, they have more doctors per person there than we have here in the U.S. Four per thousand in Italy versus 2.4 per then when it comes to hospital beds, they have more beds per capita, 34 for every 10,000 people there, here in the U.S., we have about 29 beds per 10,000 people. Authorities have been saying, Jen, when it comes to what you are seeing in Italy and France, they're about two weeks ahead of the wave that we'll see here. So, what does that tell you? Well, that's exactly why you're hearing Dr. Fauci say, we are behind. We have to take aggressive steps now so that down the road someone can say, we've done too much. Really time is of the essence when you are dealing with a virus like this. The other interesting thing about Italy, in particular, they have a different culture and society and style of living than we do. They tend to have multigenerations living together with a lot of contact and they tend to have an older population and I think that's why you are seeing some of the severity there. It's just heartbreaking when you hear they can't have funerals, because they are in the throes of such a horrible, horrible moment in their nation's history. I want to bring in Dr. Kumar. We have a medical team that helps to support Dr. Jen on the air every single day here. And one of the things we saw from over the weekend, when you hear that we're two weeks behind what we're seeing in France and Italy, is the social distancing and the lack thereof. A lot of people out celebrating St. Patrick's, which I have done before, but not this weekend, because of the guidelines that have been put out there, the beaches for spring break, they have closed some of the beaches. But would that have made a difference if we were able to tell people, really, we have something coming, we're just two weeks behind what we're seeing in Europe? Oh, yeah, absolutely. The key thick to keep in mind is that a lot of these young folks, they might think themselves as invulnerable. These guysasymptomatic. You might be spreading the disease amongst the youth. So, those youth can actually infect the elderly, causing higher more mortality rights. Think about our older generation. And Jen, do we have any because we see this question on Twitter, as well, how many people one person can effect? We don't, but we know that the doubling time, or the transmission dynamics of this is significant and that basically every seven days, the number of cases doubles. So, that is, again, why the clock is ticking and these aggressive social distancing measures need to be put into action right now. Which is why Dr. Fauci said we're in a race against the virus here in the U.S. When we come back here

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