DigameXtra No. 1579 Sunday, March 22nd 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.


NOTICE! : Most events are cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. All stores besides food markets and pharmacies are closed. (Food delivery services may be possible, but confirm it). Confirm any business you intend to visit remains open. Business and Services posts in DigameXtra do not indicate the business is open during the lockdown unless they specifically mention they are remaining open. This situation changes hourly so call before going anywhere, other than businesses specifically exempted from the shutdowns during the alarm period  -Ed.


When you need reliable info consult The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain at https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/…or the website or Facebook page of your local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento).


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Food Delivery Services That Are Open

If you know for certain a restaurant is still delivering (none should be offering take-away at this point), have them send in the details including Name of Restaurant, Location, Phone Number, Hours and a photo of their menu (optional). Unfortunately I have received some inaccurate info from well meaning 3rd parties which has caused problems. So now these businesses must submit their own posts, although I will in this case allow them to post even if they are not subscribers. -Ed.


Bar Atila Home Delivery Service- Puente don Manuel:
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Friday to Monday 1.00pm until 7.00pm
All meals must be pre-ordered.
Please make your order from our menu.
We are fully licensed for Home Deliveries.
Sorry Payments in cash only.
Thank you for your understanding and please keep safe.
Contact Frank at Bar Atila for a home delivery
630 393 290 (WhatsApp)
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We Want to Say THANKS!: On Friday, March 13, my husband and I went to Malaga Airport to try to book a flight to the United States. We were helped at the IBERIA counter by VICTORIA. She booked a new ticket for us on Aer Lingus to leave Malaga Monday, March 16 to Dublin, and then on to the USA on Wednesday, March 18. All seemed to be OK.
However, on Sunday, we received a phone call from Victoria to tell us these flights had been cancelled. But, she was working on finding us another way to get home. She would call back soon with that information.
When she called back with our new ticket information, she had secured a reservation on Iberia leaving Wednesday, March 18 from Malaga via Madrid to JFK in New York. We were much relieved. Her attention to details, her calm and reassuring manner, and the arrangements she made for our comfort were extraordinary!!!!! We arrived home well taken care of throughout the entire trip. Our thanks to everyone along the way that took such good care of us. But, a special THANK YOU to Victoria for your compassion and understanding in helping us get home safely. You may have just been “doing your job” but you did it by going the extra mile for us!!! We are so very grateful.
If you know Victoria please make sure she gets this message. Jerry and Roberta Goldman, Nerja. Rabbina 2 @ aol dot com


News & Articles

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For the latest pandemic info visit:
World- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Spain- https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/


Latest Statistics On Coronavirus For Spain (Last updated: Sunday 22 March 2020 @ 01:25): Spain has 25,496 total cases with 3,925 new cases. Total fatalities in Spain are 1,378 with 285 new deaths. 2,125 have recovered, thankfully.
Currently, there are 304,999 COVID-19 cases globally with 13,017 deaths and 94,798 recovered. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/


America has jumped to spot number three for reported infections, ahead of Spain:


Spain’s Andalusia registers 51 fewer COVID-19 cases Friday: Andalusia registered 51 fewer Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases Friday than the day before, according to the region’s health authority. Although it’s an encouraging sign, it’s still too early to tell if there’s a slowing down of the virus. The region currently accounts for 1,515 of Spain’s total COVID-19 cases, which hovers around 25,000. However, the number of fatalities due to the virus has increased by 10, now totalling 40 deaths to date in Andalusia. Approximately 53 people with the disease are also in critical condition and in intensive care. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/21/spains-andalusia-registers-51-fewer-covid-19-cases-yesterday/


Number of Spain’s COVID-19 patients in intensive care shoot up 41% in last 24 hours, tripling in just 6 days: According to Spain’s latest statistics, the number of Coronavirus-infected patients needing intensive care has shot up by 41% in just 24 hours, and has tripled in just six days. Today there are around 471 more patients in intensive care, compared to yesterday – taking the total to 1,612, according to the Ministry of Health.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/21/number-of-spains-covid-19-patients-in-intensive-care-shoot-up-41-in-last-24-hours-tripling-in-just-6-days/


Spain PM’s grim warning: “Next week will be toughest & most damaging yet”: In his latest announcement to the nation, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has yet to come. “The toughest and most damaging wave of this pandemic will arrive next week, which will test the capacity of our health services,” he stated. Surprisingly, he did not announce any additional restrictions to the ones already imposed by the State of Alarm. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/22/spain-pms-grim-warning-next-week-will-be-toughest-most-damaging-yet/


Spain’s struggling self-employed can now access financial support of around 700 euros during lockdown: Spain’s self-employed who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis are now entitled to financial support of around 700 euros. They can also stop paying their social security contributions for the duration of the lockdown. According to Spain’s Ministry of Social Security, the self-employed who have had no choice but to stop all trading activity as a result of the country’s State of Alarm, and experiencing declines of 75% or more in their income, are eligible for this financial help. Approximately 18% of the country’s population are said to be self-employed. This much-needed financial support is a huge lifeline for many struggling self-employed people who are suffering huge losses as a result of the shutdown. (No info regarding how or where to apply was provided. -Ed.)
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/21/spains-struggling-self-employed-can-now-access-financial-support-of-around-700-euros-during-lockdown/


The Ministry of Interior extends validity of driving licences in Spain, for 60 days: The validity of licences and permits which expire during Spain’s State of Alarm will be automatically extended for up to 60 days, including those for driving abroad.
The Ministry of Interior today announced the move, stating: “All driving licences and permits, as well as other administrative authorisations for driving, whose period of validity expires during the State of Alarm, will be automatically extended for the duration of the same and up to 60 calendar days after its end”.
The move has been prompted by the closure of the Traffic Headquarters for face-to-face procedures and the lack of the personnel to carry out the administrative side of things.
It also affects foreign driving licences valid for driving in Spain. The law establishes that these licences are valid for six months from the date of arrival in Spain and that, once this period has expired, foreign drivers must exchange their licence for a Spanish one.
However, the exception only affects licences that are due to expire during the State of Alarm, not those that have already expired. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/21/the-ministry-of-interior-extends-validity-of-driving-licences-in-spain-for-60-days/


British embassy updates travel advice for tourists in Spain (21 March 2020, 13:41): The British embassy in Madrid has recently updated its coronavirus crisis travel information aimed at tourists from the UK still in Spain. For full article and video visit: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202003/21/british-embassy-updates-travel-20200321122708.html


Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies of natural causes aged 81 as family is planning private service amid COVID-19 pandemic: Full details at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8137345/Country-music-icon-Kenny-Rogers-dies-aged-81.html


Despite Radiation Warnings from IEEE, Charity Refurbishes Wireless Fitness Trackers, Gives Them to Poor People: IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) isn’t the only one who has issued warnings about activity trackers. They have actually received a lot of bad press over the years for class action lawsuits, recalls, and other problems. There have been reports of them burning and shocking wearers as well as being highly inaccurate. Regardless, they remain very popular. Community leaders want emotionally unstable citizens to wear them so they can monitor them. Farmers strap them to their livestock. Parents buy them for their kids. And now Recycle Health is giving them to underserved populations to help them maintain their health and fitness.
Activist Post regularly reports about problems associated with activity trackers and other wireless wearables. In addition to health risks associated with radiation exposure, they have also been the subject of class action lawsuits and recalls due to privacy and security issues. They also add to the increasingly unsafe levels of e-Waste in landfills. Last but certainly not least – sometimes they catch fire or explode. Full article with lots of links to support this warning: https://www.activistpost.com/2020/03/despite-radiation-warnings-charity-refurbishes-wireless-fitness-trackers-gives-them-to-poor-people.html





Pandemic.news- New website by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger: For readers who are not satisfied with mainline news source info regarding the pandemic, here is another source. This new site has a conservative focus and some people will think it is promoting assorted “conspiricy theories”, however the Editor feels it may be useful to those who want to hear from more than just the controlled mainstream media. Please don’t bother emailing me if you don’t like the site, noone is forcing you to read it.

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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

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

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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