DigameXtra No. 1573 Monday, March 16th 2020

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Lockdown Time Moved Up From Monday, Now In Effect: After 2 emails Sunday afternoon pointing out that the lockdown had begun in some areas I investigated. Sure enough, articles that came out Sunday morning are saying the lockdown began Sat night/ Sun Morning. What happened? As explained in the El Pais newspaper, (https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-03-15/members-of-the-spanish-public-face-fines-or-even-prison-if-they-disobey-lockdown-rules.html ) the decree was signed Saturday night, but “no operational protocols were provided to the Police.” This resulted in some police beginning enforcement while others waited for instructions. It was not until Sunday morning that Spain’s Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska issued an order that establishes the operational protocols of the security forces in the country. So in some places enforcement did not begin until late Sunday afternoon.
The info I provided was current at time of writing Saturday night. Such is the nature of publishing a daily prepared in advance, late changing details go into the following day’s issue.
Thanks to those readers who pointed it out. -Ed.

CORONA VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/13/hotline-those-suspect-they-20200313114414-v.html


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NOTICE! : Many events are being cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. Please confirm events are not cancelled before you go to avoid disappointment. -Ed.

VII Festival Sacred Music & Eearly Music “La Liebre de Marzo” POSTPONED:
Following the indications of the Government of Spain that the State of Alarm has decreed for the health alert for the next 15 days, prohibiting the movement of people and the closure of all public establishments, including museums, nightclubs and theaters, we communicate the postponement of the VII Festival of Sacred Music and Early Music “La Liebre de Marzo” until a new date. ventana.abierta.acp@gmail.com


Trapiche Market – Closure due to Corona Virus: Trapiche Market, Los Jardines del Trapiche, Nr Velez Malaga. It is with regret that we have to close the market for at least two weeks due to government trying to contain the virus. as soon as we know anything more we’ll let you know. For more information call Anita on 627 877 164


RBL-Los Romanes meetings CANCELLED: RBL Los Romanes has decided to err on the side of caution and suspend weekly meetings at least until the end of the month. We’ll review the situation with the Coronavirus then to decide what to do after that.
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OR Membership Secretary, Martyn, on 660 24 36 08.


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Corona Virus Update Map: You might want to post this. It is the site that we are using to track the virus. Dave and Anna of Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga.
Email: info at Vetiverspain dot com. (I checked this site with VirusTotal, it is safe. -Ed.)


Shutdown has started: Beaches taped off and restaurants closed until further notice at Torrox Costa. Margaret / Torrox, Mariordan at aol dot com


Correos: Does anyone know the position of the postal service Correos at this present time regarding mail to the UK please email if you have any information. Mike / Campo Frigiliana
mikestevenitt@gmail.com or phone 95 132 1846


Thank you Naythan: For this great service you provide. Your a lifeline of communication in very difficult times. Sandra, Nerja
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Cormorants: Hi Naythan, don’t know if this is clear enough to use. This is the balcon on Torrox Costa, xlosed off with police tape. At the end of the breakwater there are 12 cormorants. Never seen so many. Christine, Torrox. chris dot fitzwa at gmail dot com


News & Articles

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Coronavirus crisis update: The latest Spanish statistics (Monday 16 March 2020 @ 01:47) on COVID-19 show 7,845 cases with 1,454 new cases according to Worldometer. There have been 292 total fatalities of which 96 cases are new. 272 patients in Spain are in critical condition. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/16/spain-has-7845-coronavirus-cases-with-1454-new-cases-latest-statistics-from-spain-and-the-world/


Latest figures released at 11.30 PM Sunday demonstrate Andalucia and especially the Costa del Sol has serious issues: Andalucia has 437 cases currently with 6 deaths with most of the cases being registered on the Costa del Sol. Scientists are now stating tonight the deadly virus could last for up to 12 months unless a vaccination is found.
The Costa del Sol region is a large factor of the Andalucian figures according to a doctor tonight who told the Euro Weekly News, San Pedro close to Marbella is the largest region on the Costa del Sol, he said: ”These are official figures of who have clearly tested positive, I’m aware of 660 likely cases in the region of San Pedro which seems to be an area heavily affected and I expect the Andalucia figure to rise heavily in the next 7 days”


Breaking News from The Guardian UK: UK coronavirus crisis ‘to last until spring 2021 and could see 7.9m hospitalised’. A Public Health England document seen by the Guardian says four in five ‘expected’ to contract virus. Read the article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/uk-coronavirus-crisis-to-last-until-spring-2021-and-could-see-79m-hospitalised


Members of the Spanish public face fines or even prison if they disobey lockdown rules: Police in Spain will set up checkpoints in the street to ensure state of alarm is observed.


Virus Article, How long can it survive on surfaces? : https://abcnews.go.com/Health/covid19-days-surfaces-experiment-findings/story?id=69569397


Keeping Busy During The Lockdown, Pt. 1: Here are some ideas for activities to keep you active and help pass the time, of which we all now have plenty to spare.
-Cooking. Now is the time to make those recipes that you normally avoid because they require hours or days to prepare. Take your time, pay attention to detail and proceed as if you were cooking for VIPs. Then open that bottle of wine you’ve been keeping for a special occasion and treat yourself to a long, lesiurely meal on your best china, pausing between courses. Treating yourself well combats the isolation blues! My “Chicken l’Orange” and “Sweet & Sour Tofu” both require 2 full days to prepare, so I rarely go for it.
-Organize your computer devices. This is the perfect time to do those boring but necessary tasks you have been putting off, such as making backups, cleaning out duplicate files, malware & CCleaner scans, cleaning out your tower and etc. Check Youtube for tutorial videos and learn how to do those tasks you are not confident doing now.
-Spring cleaning. It’s warming up, may as well go ahead and do a proper house cleaning. You are not in a hurry, take your time and pay special attention to those “trouble spots”.
-Sewing. If you have accumulated a pile of clothes that require patching or need split seams repaired, put aside a few hours, get everything you will need laid out for easy access, put the kettle on, and then dive in. Listen to music or ebooks while you work. Avoid listening to the news all day, it’s unnecessarily depressing.
-Gardening. House plants. If you live in a flat, get your porch and window ledge plants setup. In either case, get your seedlings started, prepare the pots. Check your water Ph with a pool water kit or Ph paper from the pharmacy. Typical tap water here is very alkaline, with a Ph of 8+. Most plants prefer water with a Ph of approx. 5.5 to 6.5 for optimal growth, so you can add an acid like vinegar or lemon juice or other ecologic acid to reduce the Ph. I find that adding 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar to 5 liters of tap water brings my Torrox Costa tap water to a Ph of approx.  6.2. You may have to experiment a bit to find what’s right for your water.
Mobile Device Advanced Functions: So you bought a fancy new smartphone or tablet. It has a thousand functions and many more are available as apps, but all you use it for is calls, texts, Facebook and maps. Now is a good time to visit the device’s website and actually read the user guide. Identify what other features it has that you may actually find useful, read about them, and learn how to use them. When you have finished reading the User Guide, you can start learning about other features here.
For iPhone users: https://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-tricks-hidden-features-apple-make-your-life-easier-2019-6?r=DE&IR=T
For Android users: https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/10-tricks-you-didnt-know-your-android-phone-could-do/506805/


One For The Kids: 5 science projects for kids using items already in your home.


New Android Cookie-Stealing Malware Found Hijacking Facebook Accounts: A new simple but dangerous strain of Android malware has been found in the wild that steals users’ authentication cookies from the web browsing and other apps, including Chrome and Facebook, installed on the compromised devices.
Given how cookies on a device allow users to stay logged in to a service without having to repeatedly sign in, Cookiethief aims to exploit this very behavior to let attackers gain unauthorized access to the victim accounts without knowing their actual online accounts passwords. “This way, a cybercriminal armed with a cookie can pass himself off as the unsuspecting victim and use the latter’s account for personal gain,” the researchers said.


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GBP>EUR (last night’s quote, click to enlarge) Another big loss day!


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The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline

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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
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Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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