NEW COVID-19 infections went up by 60 per cent in a day across the Valencian Community, as the regional government resists following other parts of Spain in closing its borders.

The Valencian administration says that it prefers to focus on localised restrictions in places like Valencia, Elche, and Orihuela, although president Ximo Puig would not totally rule out border measures.

The Wednesday evening(October 28) update from the regional health ministry declared 1,606 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 1066 the previous day.

Seven deaths were reported along with 47 outbreaks, of which 12 are in Valencia City.

The breakdown for Alicante Province shows 587 new coronavirus positives, some 287 more than on Tuesday.

There were two deaths and ten outbreaks in the area recorded in Alicante, Alcoy, Elche, Ibi, and Santa Pola.

Hospitalisations continue to rise and stand at 360 in Alicante Province with 66 people in intensive care.

As the Valencian Community holds back on border restrictions, the neighbouring Murcia region yesterday announced a two week closure starting tomorrow.

That will include residents being confined to their own municipalities except for work and other essential reasons.

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