Italy records its highest death toll in a day

In the past 24 hours the coronavirus has killed 627 people, now surpassing China as the nation with the most COVID-19 deaths.
1:52 | 03/21/20

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Overseas, the numbers from Italy only worsening. This was the number today -- 627 people dying in just the past 24 hours. The worst yet. We're going to take you inside the hospital at the epicenter of their outbreak. It's difficult, but it's also a warning for what doctors on the front lines could face here. Reporter: Tonight, a glimpse inside a nightmare. The race to save lives in the Italian hospital at the epicenter of the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world. This is just the emergency ward, not the intensive care unit. The icu is already overwhelmed. The plastic bubble helmets are connected to ventilators to help the gasping patients breathe. The hospital is one of the most advanced in Europe, but the victims are everywhere -- on gurneys in waiting rooms and hallways. Every day, 50 to 60 patients come to our emergency department. They say they want to rest of the world to know that's what's waiting for them I have never felt so stressed in my life. Maybe we are doing but it's not enough. Reporter: There are fears it will not be nearly enough. Italy's nightmare is now being shared by Spain. Deaths there soaring by 30% overnight. 199 fatalities in 24 hours. 1,000 total deaths. Reports out of Italy show that 70% of the deaths there are in men, but experts say they're mystified as to why this virus seems to be hitting men harder than women. David?

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