Millions on lockdown in Italy after massive spike in coronavirus cases

The country is taking extraordinary measures with a quarter of the population, some 16 million, under quarantine as people in the Northern region need special permission to travel.
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Nashville and the outlying area. Important night tonight. The latest on the coronavirus crisis overseas. It reached a worldwide milestone this weekend crossing the 100,000 threshold. It's now topped 110,000 this James Longman continues our coverage from Italy where millions are under an unprecedented lockdown in the northern part of the country. He joins us from St. Peter's square in Vatican City. Good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, George. It does feel like a silent army of infection is creeping across Italy. People only now starting to realize the gravity of the situation, the pope here in the Vatican has counseled all his public appearances as the government introduces some of the most radical measures anywhere in the world. New, extraordinary measures to contain covid-19 this morning in Italy. A quarter of the population, some 16 million people under quarantine. Authorities say anyone living in the northern lom bardy region needs permission. 133 dying in 24 hours. According to the prime minister more than 6,000 cases represent a national emergency. With the entire region on lockdown, tourist meccas closed for business. Both in the new red zone, the usually bustling tourist hubs now deserted. All me seems closed. Gondolas lying unused. Rick and Andreas are concerned for the long-term impact. The economy is here is heavily dependent on travel. This could be devastating. Yeah. Reporter: Restaurants and bars in the region are required to close at 6:00 and tables have to be at least a meter apart. It's just a lot less social, I'd say and it's a lot quieter. Reporter: For the first time pope Francis live streaming his Sunday prayer hoping to keep away large crowds. Now, the authorities say people could face jail time if they don't adhere to these measures but it's unclear how they'll enforce them. Thousands of people over the weekend fled from the north making their way to the south of the country but a governor in the south of Italy said stay we don't want you here. A lot to worry about for Italy. Sure S thanks very much.

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