60 million residents on lockdown in Italy

COVID-19 has reached children who have accounted for just over 2% of cases worldwide as the virus has led dozens of schools and colleges to suspend in-person classes.
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Now to unprecedented steps in Italy as well to contain the spread of the virus. The entire country all 60 million of its residents on lockdown this morning. James Longman just back from Italy is at heathrow airport in London with the story. Good morning, James. We just disembarked on the last flight out of Rome and British airways canceled all its flights until next month. Very sad situation. They have given us these forms as we get off the plane and looks like we'll have to self-isolate. The whole 6 Italy on lockdown, a country of 60 million people told they should stay home. Travel restricted, flights canceled. A drastic attempt to son the spread. The largest outbreak outside Asia, numbers soaring across the country. Nearly 10,000 cases and over 460 deaths. Chilling images from an icu in Italy's red zone where some patients are being placed face down to help their lungs get oxygen in a last-ditch effort to keep them alive. The world health organization praising the government for taking such drastic measure. We're encouraged that Italy is taking aggressive measures to contain the epidemic. Reporter: Transforming ancient attractions into complete ghost towns. This plaza at the coliseum is normally packed. Now take a look. Virtually deserted the lockdown took us surprise concerned we would get stuck. Speaking to the taxi driver he's wearing a mask and sadly been crying telling me he is worried about what's happened and suffered from pneumonia before. As I arrive at the airport. It looks very clear a lot are trying to get out of Italy. So just arrived on my last flight out of Rome and we're being told now public health England will give us forms to fill out as we disembark and left behind a very sad situation in Italy. He is headed home. As Italy deals with those extreme measures some signs of progress in China. The Chinese president making his first visit to the hard hit city of Wuhan since the outbreak.

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