NEW restrictions to slow the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Valencian Community are set to get even tougher.

A night-time curfew between midnight and 6.00am was introduced on Sunday(October 25) as new infections continue at over a thousand per day in the region.

Valencian president Ximo Puig said: “We will not rule out taking extra action in parts of the region where coronavirus cases are rising.”

“We will constantly monitor the situation as well as studying what kind of impact the curfew is having,” he added.

Elche and Orihuela have already spent nearly a fortnight under special measures.

The region as a whole has reached an infection rate that puts it into ‘Alert Level Three’ which could trigger further restrictions, including bar and restaurant capacities being reduced.

Puig has not dismissed closing Valencian borders this weekend with the All Saints Day commemoration on Sunday.

People from all over Spain traditionally return on that day to their original town or village to lay flowers at the graves of their deceased relatives.

Areas like Valencia City are even considering closing cemeteries if infection levels continue to spike upwards.

Local hospitalisation figures are rising to levels not seen since March and April, with daily death rates also reaching figures from the early phase of the pandemic.

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