DigameXtra No. 1574 Tuesday, March 17th 2020

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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


Please note that info and details are constantly changing. All info, to the best of my ability, is accurate as of publication, but please confirm any info critical to your situation! I am monitoring the media and adding fresh updates until  3AM before publishing new issues to include all the latest updates. That should provide readers with the latest info first thing each morning. -Ed.


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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.

Phoenix Club Closure: Due to the Covid-19 virus, we too have taken the decision to close the Phoenix Club meetings until further notice.
For those who have booked and paid for upcoming trips, your money is safe and will be refunded once we are able to open again.
For those who have booked for the Ecija trip on the 27th March, I will be contacting you all directly by email.
I apologize for this late notification but I was unable to post earlier as I was in the UK trying to get back home to Spain.
Keep safe, Gail, phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk


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ITV: Please can could any kind reader help?
My car is booked for ITV on 27th March.I understand that the ITV station ( Algorrobo) is closed this week.
As there is some doubt about appointments under the present situation; can anyone advise on any provisions regarding the ability to drive etc?
Thank you.JB Torrox Costa.
Jon108 @ hotmail.co.uk ( no spaces)
Thanks Naythan for the excellent vital updates on the pandemic.Who needs the BBC!


Thanks: Thank you Nathan for keeping us informed. You are a great asset to the community. Wes / Torrox , wiziz007 at hotmail DoT com


Thank you: Hi Naythan. Just a thank you for all your information, it’s so appreciated and especially on the Coronavirus. Best wishes Ed & Suzie ; Algarrobo; suzielawes At btinternet dOt com


Travel advice: Please can anyone advise or has knowledge of permission to travel on public roads to get to an airport or ferry terminal to exit Spain providing a pre-booked passage has been purchased so evidence of purpose could be shown if stopped. A condition of travel in the current restrictions States ‘Return to the place of habitual residence’. Does this include travel back to the UK? We have contacted the British Consulate but they were unable to advise! Who can?
chris dot hudd@hotmail dot co dot uk (no spaces)
Thank you
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Getting Home: We are an elderly couple in our 70s on Holiday in Nerja.
We are trying to find out if we can Travel by our car to Bilbao on 30th March to board our ferry back to the Uk, All we read about is Flying home.
Most important is to know if we legally drive back home and what our rights are.
Any information would be gratefully received
Kind Regards, Richard


News & Articles

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Coronavirus crisis update: UPDATED STATS 01:24 17 March 2020- Currently, there are 9,942 cases in Spain with 1,954 new cases and 342 fatalities including 48 new. With 530 who have recovered in Spain, there are 272 in critical condition. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/17/latest-statistics-from-spain-and-around-the-world-on-coronavirus-regular-update-daily/


Spain registers second-highest daily rise in coronavirus infections in the world: Madrid government believes fall in the number of new cases will only be seen in the region after 10 days of total lockdown.
Spanish health authorities reported on Monday a jump of 13% makes Spain the country with the second-highest number of new daily cases in the world, according to the latest comparable data from the World Health Organization. Spain has also overtaken South Korea to become the country with the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, said on Monday that the mortality rate for coronavirus remained at around 3% and that the number of cases was expected to rise over the next 10 days.
Hairdresser Ruling Changed: On Sunday the government backtracked on its original plan to allow hairdressers to open during the state of alarm. The move came on the request of regional premiers across Spain, after the prime minister held a video conference call with all 17 leaders on Sunday. The service will only be available in people’s homes, and provided for the most vulnerable members of society for reasons of hygiene. This was why the closure of hairdressers was initially left out of the central government’s measures. Full article:


Another black Monday as coronavirus response upends Wall Street: NEW YORK (Reuters)- Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the crash of 1987 on Monday after unprecedented steps taken by the Federal Reserve, lawmakers and the White House to slow the spread and blunt the economic hit of the coronavirus failed to restore order to markets. The S&P 500 tumbled 12%, closing at its lowest level since December 2018, despite the Fed’s surprise move late Sunday to cut interest rates to near zero, its second emergency rate cut in less than two weeks and ahead of a scheduled policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It was the third-largest daily percentage drop on record, beaten only by the 1987 “Black Monday” rout and the crash of October 1929.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 2,997.1 points, or 12.93%, to 20,188.52, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 324.89 points, or 11.98%, to 2,386.13. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 970.28 points, or 12.32%, to 6,904.59.
The S&P 500 lost $2.69 trillion in market capitalization for the day, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, and the index is down 29.5% from its record high close on Feb. 19 and has lost$8.28 trillion in that time, based on S&P Dow Jones data. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/another-black-monday-as-coronavirus-response-upends-wall-street-idUSKBN2131B1


Coronavirus testing no longer being carried out on those presenting mild symptoms: Hospitals in Andalucía will, as of Monday, no longer carry out coronavirus testing on patients presenting a mild acute respiratory infection, sources inside the health service told SUR. This measure has been adopted following the latest update of the Ministry of Health protocol. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/16/coronavirus-testing-longer-being-20200316181221.html


Spain to close land borders over coronavirus spread: Spain will close its borders with France and Portugal at midnight on Monday to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The announcement came from Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska on Monday afternoon as the number of deaths in Spain from COVID-19 soared to over 300.
Only Spanish residents returning to their home in Spain or those with authorization would be allowed to cross into Spain, he said, adding that documents would be required to show valid reason for entering.
The closure, which will affect all cross-border traffic with France, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar, was to remain in place until the end of an alert that began on Saturday for an initial period of two weeks although it could be extended with the permission of Spain’s parliament.
The measure will not affect the transportation of goods, the interior minister pointed out.
Spain has not yet closed air traffic to and from its airports but the interior minister did not rule it out as a step to be taken in the future.
Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20200316/spain-to-close-land-borders-to-halt-coronavirus-spread


Is 15 Days Long Enough?: Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos warned that the state of alert, which was initially put in place for a two-week period, would almost certainly be extended in a move which would need the approval of parliament. “It’s clear that we will need to extend this situation… I think it’s clear that 15 days won’t be enough to win the battle,” he told RNE, Spain’s public radio. Also from: https://www.thelocal.es/20200316/spain-to-close-land-borders-to-halt-coronavirus-spread


Cured people can continue to infect 15 days more: The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that people who have become infected with Covid19, and who have stopped suffering from symptoms, can continue to infect other people for two weeks (some “less trusted” sources suggest even longer -Ed.). Therefore, in the daily press conference, Tedros has asked that although these patients no longer present symptoms, they should continue to receive no visits until the end of that period.  Source (Spanish): https://www.larazon.es/sociedad/20200316/wwkmwsbjbzfy5oxe7xe353gmfq.html


The Government is considering exempting companies and the self-employed from paying contributions and is studying paying widespread unemployment: The Government is finalizing the economic measures of its shock plan that it will approve tomorrow in the Council of Ministers, including some of the most awaited by businessmen, self-employed workers and unions. According to sources consulted by LA RAZÓN, the Executive would be willing to assume the concession of unemployment benefit for all productive sectors -including the self-employed due to cessation of activity, for which the procedures will be streamlined and smoothed-, and would do so without requiring grace period, minimum terms or insufficient contributions. In addition, the temporary suspension of the payment of contributions to the companies involved in closings and employment regulations, and self-employed workers with their dependents who have paralyzed their activity, would be approved, and special legislation would be passed through express measures to speed up the regulation of temporary employment (ERTE) by causality.
Lines of credit and guarantees will also be approved by the Official Credit Institute (ICO) for those companies that request it to meet their expenses due to lack of income – with a volume of 30,000 million euros, expandable by another 20,000 if it were necessary-, with a reduced interest and with a repayment period to be determined, but which will be “very broad”, explained the same sources. In this way, the Executive will attend to the requests requested by the social agents – employers and unions – that They sent their own agreed-upon action plan, which included these and other additional measures, which appear to have been addressed.
At the moment, it has not been revealed whether the new government measures will apply the temporary suspension of monthly payments for gas, electricity, water and mortgages for companies, self-employed workers and workers affected by the coronavirus, but it seems unlikely that it will carry out in this first package of measures. The ones that are almost confirmed are the fiscal measures. Some tax payments may already be deferred.
The head of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, seems to have finally imposed the criteria that already advanced in the action guide published at the start of the health crisis. In it, it authorized companies that were in need of paralyzing their business activities due to the direct cause of the coronavirus to suppress all payments of Social Security contributions during the total period of closure – now they have also included SMEs and the self-employed. Of course, they must “duly” prove that it is due to “force majeure”, as established in articles 47 and 51 of the Workers’ Statute. This measure, which must be authorized by the Labor Inspectorate, will guarantee that the period released from contribution will count as “effectively contributed by the worker”. In the event of dismissals, “compensation will be borne by the Salary Guarantee Fund (Fogasa)”. Full article (Spanish): https://www.larazon.es/economia/20200316/lqymwirdhbashpupiyiep5mp3q.html


EU Proposes Halt Entry for Foreigners, Britons Remain Unaffected: The EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen while announcing the proposal, said that UK citizens, though in the transitional period of leaving the EU, would not be subject to the entry ban,
“The UK citizens are European citizens, so, of course, there are no restrictions for the UK citizens to travel to the Continent,” she explained.
According to the proposal, while all non-essential entry to EU will be halted, excluded are doctors, medical staff and cross-border workers.
Europe’s move to undertake such a move follows the reintroduction of internal border controls by several EU member countries banning from entering all travellers that were not their passport holders, including Germany and Estonia.
For the Schengen Area to be suspended, all Schengen members must approve the plan.
Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-to-halt-entry-for-foreigners-brits-remain-unaffected/


Army troops patrolling Spain’s Malaga order residents to be ‘responsible & stay at home’: Military vans patrolled Malaga’s streets today with a clear message for its residents: “Stopping the pandemic is everyone’s responsibility. Stay at home!” According to the authorities, it seems that the importance of staying confined at home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is finally sinking in ‘bit by bit’. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/16/army-troops-patrolling-spains-malaga-order-residents-to-be-responsible-stay-at-home/


Some Good Pandemic News: South Korea reports fewer than 100 new coronavirus cases for a third day. South Korea reported 84 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, marking a third day in a row that the county has reported fewer than 100 new infections amid growing hopes that Asia’s largest outbreak outside China may be easing.
The new numbers are well below a Feb. 29 peak of 909, and bring the country’s total infections to 8,320, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
The death toll rose by two to 81, the KCDC said.
Another 264 patients were released after recovering, bringing the total to 1,401, it added.
President Moon Jae-in has said he was increasingly confident South Korea would overcome the virus as the rate of new cases continued to drop, although authorities noted another large cluster had emerged in the greater Seoul area. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-healthcare-coronavirus-southkorea/south-korea-reports-fewer-than-100-new-coronavirus-cases-for-a-third-day-idUSKBN214065


Movistar in Spain Offers Free Month of Streaming Services to Battle Quarantine Boredom:
The Spanish streaming platform, Movistar +, has announced that any individuals who sign up and download the app will receive free streaming services until April 30.
Movistar + offers a variety of Spanish and English content, with critically acclaimed shows such as Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, The Affair, and Fargo. It has also reinforced its entertainment section to cater for the youngest members of the family, including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney channels. You can stream this content on two devices simultaneously and on a variety of platforms. The Movistar Plus app is available on mobile, tablet, web, smart TV, and HDMI streaming devices like Amazon’s fire stick.
To sign up follow three easy steps, first you must register with Movistar + Lite, then you simply download the Movistar app or go to their website and lastly you have to sign in to enjoy your free trial month. Remember to cancel any payments before the end of your free subscription. Signup site is in Spanish: http://ver.movistarplus.es/


ONE FOR THE KIDS- Scholastic Offers Free Online Courses After Schools Close Due to Coronavirus: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. (Some classes look very interesting, others not so much. I suggest reviewing the class before offering it to your kids as some content appears to have a strong liberal agenda. -Ed.)


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Graphic Display of the History of Pandemics: Click link to view. After you open the site, click on the image to see large version. Pandemics Compared, current pandemic low on the list


France fines Apple $1.2 billion for anti-competitive acts: “Apple abusively exploited” distributors’ dependence on the tech giant, the authority wrote, and “prevented competition among different Apple distribution channels.” And that, in turn, hurt consumers.
Two “premium” French Apple re-sellers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, were also fined a total of 139 million euros ($155 million). The competition authority said Apple and the re-sellers agreed not to compete.
Source: https://apnews.com/110947a717ec814936ef172744e7a878


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


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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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Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
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Nerja 952 524 519
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Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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