Spain has overtaken China for the second-highest death toll in the world as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout Europe.
Spanish health officials announced early Wednesday morning that 738 more people have died in the past 24-hour period, bringing the total to 3,434.
China, where the outbreak began in December, has seen 3,285 deaths.
In Italy, the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe, more than 6,800 people have died so far.
“The worst is yet to come,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned Saturday in a televised speech. “There are hard days ahead. We have to get ready from a physiological and emotional standpoint. We have to get to the end of next week strong, very strong. The risk is everywhere.”