NEW COVID-19 cases reached over a thousand in 24 hours in the latest Valencian Community figures as the region braces itself for a night-time curfew from early next week.

The latest update issued on Thursday evening(October 22) showed 1,060 new infections detected in a single day, which is the second-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.

The record figure was reached on Tuesday with 1,318 cases.

A further ten people, four of them in nursing homes, have died in the last 36 hours.

Despite the large case rises, the Valencian Community continues to have the second-lowest infection rates in Spain, behind the Canary Islands.

Hospitalisations have increased by 35.5 per cent in just a week in the region, with ICU bed occupancy up by 42.6 per cent.

49 fresh outbreaks were reported with Elche, Crevillente, Torrevieja, Santa Pola, and Benejuzar on the Alicante Province list.

The latest figures come as the Valencian Community gets ready to introduce a night-time curfew between midnight and 6.00am most probably from the start of next week to run through to December 9.

The measure formally announced last night by President Ximo Puig has to get legal clearance before it is implemented.

The main aim of the curfew is to clamp down on illegal social gatherings.

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