Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez says a state of emergency would be declared in the country on Saturday, March 14, 2020, amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths.
Sánchez warned that very hard weeks lay ahead but he vowed the government would do everything necessary to combat the crisis.
Earlier, the number of deaths in Spain increased by some 50% in a day to reach 120 while number of those infected jumped to 4,200.
He revealed that the figure could top 10,000 next week.
The state of emergency in Spain allows the government to take wide-ranging measures for up to 15 days, including limiting the movement of people or vehicles, ordering evacuations, prohibiting access to certain areas or places and intervening in areas of industry and farming.
Controls are being introduced at an increasing number of borders in Europe, in response to the coronavirus.
More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in 118 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The total number of deaths is more than 4,600.