Coronavirus grips Italy as death toll hits more than 600

Hospitals in the north are finding it hard to cope and have built tents to test and treat the infected as 60 million Italians are under quarantine.
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It was last night here we reported on Italy under lockdown. Tonight, the death toll soaring yet again. 168 more deaths in just 24 hours. And the stark images out of Italy. A barricade closing off St. Peter's square in Rome. A temperature check at a border crossing in Austria. And disturbing images of the hospitals trying to hope. James Longman is now in self-quarantine back in London because of what authorities have asked of him. We'll check in with James in just a moment. But first, his report from Italy tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the death toll in Italy soaring. Coronavirus taking 168 more lives, after nearly 100 died the day before. Fatalities now over 600. Italy's elderly population, the overwhelming victims. The number of total cases topping 10,000. Hospitals in the north finding it hard to cope, making difficult choices about who to treat. Icus are overflowing. Some hospitals building tents to test and treat the infected. The virus sucking the life out of the rest of the country, 60 million people in effective quarantine. No travel allowed for most, unless it's for work, or an approved reason. Police enforcing the lockdown. Authorities urging people to keep about three feet away from others. Pat Leiter, an American living in northern Italy, showing us the "Do not cross" line at her grocery store. And when you went to the deli counter, there was this big red tape line so you could order from a meter away and call out your order. Reporter: Italy has the worst outbreak outside Asia, but China and South Korea are reporting fewer cases. And China's prime minister XI visited the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan for the first time, signaling that the worst may have passed. But Italy remains gripped by the crisis. We got out on the last British airways flight out. There are people everywhere. It looks very clear that a lot of people are trying to get out of Italy. James is back in London, he got the last flight out from Italy on British airways back to London. Upon arriving in the uk, he was told to self-quarantine. I want to bring James Longman in. First of all, what did authorities tell you to do? And for how long will you be in this situation? Reporter: There's no mandatory quarantine, but officials ask people that have been in Italy to stay in quarantine for 14 days. We're going to reassess in about a week's time. And we've heard reports in this country of college students coming back from Italy, not asked questions upon arriving in the U.S. Very interesting that in the uk they've asked you to do this. In the meantime, I want you to broaden out the picture here. You've been to Italy three times now to report. We've seen the escalating crisis, the severe toll on the Italian people. I know age is a factor, and some of the cultural norms. Talk us through this. Reporter: Absolutely. There's a large elderly population, and old people tend to stay home with their families. There's a potential for a mix of the virus, taking its toll on the elderly. James, thank you. In the meantime tonight, president trump trying to ease

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