Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez will readdress the nation tomorrow. | Ultima Hora

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez today said a special cabinet meeting would tomorrow formally declare a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The state of emergency will allow authorities to confine infected people and ration goods in a steep increase in Spain's response to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

With 4,209 cases, Spain has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe after Italy and Sanchez said the number could rise to over 10,000 next week.

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