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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.
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DigameXtra News Alert: While it still needs approval, which seems likely, the State of Alarm is about to be extended another 15 days, until 12 April.
From El Pais: Sunday 22 Mar 2020 – 11:52CET
Spanish government to extend state of alarm for 15 days.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the decision after warning Spaniards that the number of coronavirus cases was set to rise in the coming days. https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-03-22/spanish-government-to-extend-state-of-alarm-for-15-days.html
From Euroweeklynews.com: Sunday 22 March 2020 @ 14:40
President of Spain’s government, Pedro Sanchez, extends State of Emergency as Coronavirus continues to grip the World.
Pedro Sanchez, president of the Spanish government, advised the presidents of Spain’s autonomous regions in a video conference call that he was extending the State of Emergency until April 12. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/22/president-of-spains-government-pedro-sanchez-extend-state-of-alarm-as-coronavirus-continues-to-grip-the-world/
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Car boot sale cancelled: Restaurante El Pantano, Lake La Vinuela, km 30 on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the measures the Spanish Government are taking will you please note that our carboot which was to be held on 5th April is now cancelled. As very little will be known whether lockdown continues after the 12th April, stallholders and public wishing to attend May’s market are asked to telephone me on 619 471 301 later in April for an update.
Naythan, thank you so very much for all the information re the virus you are giving your readers which is so appreciated. Also for giving the update on the virus in the Andalusian region as the Spanish 24 hour news channel does not break it down into regions so it is hard to establish how affected we are here.
Sandra, Vinuela, 619 471 301
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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:
630 393 290 or WhatsApp
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)
Puente don Manuel
Restaurante NuevaTahona- Frigiliana: Delivering food daily 6 to 10pm. Delivery area approx 5Km from Plaza de las Tres Culturas 6, 29788 Frigiliana. DELIVERY ONLY.
+34 951 080 150
+34 651 361 514
(Thanks to Andrew C. for this info. -Ed.)
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Open: For those who are missing rummaging through the Chinese bazaars the old Gran Euro opposite Plaza Cantarero on San Miguel, Nerja, is still open! It turned into a supermarket with food and booze so it’s covered. Ideal if you’re doing diy jobs during lockdown and need something. Cheers, Andy, Frigiliana, andyjchapman 09 @ gmail . com (no spaces)
Info Request: There are a few things I am not sure about in these feelbad times.
If you should need an electrician or a plumber urgently, what are you supposed to do? Or if you wanted to take your computer to Naythan? Friends were in this situation at the weekend, offices were shut and nobody would (or was allowed) to come out and help them.
I think I heard that the buses were for workers only, is that correct? There is nobody on them. And what about taxis, are they grounded? If this goes on much longer I may need to get to Torrox Costa, my husband cannot give me a lift (2 people in a car). Could I take a taxi or not? (If you forward your replies to DigameXtra, please include a link to the source of the info. While well intentioned, anecdotal info is unreliable as circumstances change and enforcement varies. Print info from a gov’t agency is verifiable, more reliable and keeps me from being accused of spreading rumours. -Ed)
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Thanks for Alert Update: A big thanks again to Naythan for todays Digamextra addendum with news of the “Lockdown” extension. Bang up-to-date as always.
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Renewing prescriptions: Hi Nathan, can I add my thanks to those of everyone else for all your help in these difficult times.
I have been trying all weekend to reach the health service line to renew our prescriptions with no success. I have heard a lot of Vivaldi’s four seasons while on hold and at other times just been told they are too busy to answer and cut off.
The spanish is very fast but Option 2 is a new appointment with your family doctor, option 3 is coronavirus reporting.
Option 1 said something about appointments and administrative so I tried that and was asked to enter my health card number and year of birth, then told in fast spanish something about ‘citas’ and cut off.
So I think holding is the right way, but, as I said, no-one is answering.
BTW I have a digital certificate so maximum online access and there is, as yet, no option to renew online.
Anyone being more successful than me?
margaret , benajarafe, ron_margaret at hotmail dot co dot uk
News & Articles
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Latest Statistics On Coronavirus For Spain
World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated: Monday, March 23, 2020, 02:37 GMT
Coronavirus Cases: 337,553
Active Cases: 224,015
Currently Infected Patients: 213,462 (95%) in Mild Condition ; 10,553 (5%) Serious or Critical
Closed Cases: 113,538 (Cases which had an outcome) with 98,884 (87%) Recovered / Discharged and 14,654 (13%) Deaths
Spain Coronavirus Cases: 28,768
Latest Statistics On Coronavirus For Malaga (Monday, 23 March 2020 @ 01:59) : Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the Costa Del Sol continue to rise, albeit at a ‘slightly’ lower rate, according to the latest statics from Spain’s Ministry of Health. -Malaga registered 21 new cases yesterday (Sunday), taking the new total to 505. Of these, 169 are hospitalised and 315 remain in quarantine at home. There was also one death, taking the city’s total coronavirus death toll to 23.
-Malaga continues to be the province with the most cases in the region, accounting for 29.3% of Andalusia’s total (1,725), followed by Granada (335), Sevilla (295), Córdoba (180), Jaén (171), Cádiz (134), Almería (58) and Huelva (47).
-On a positive note, Andalusia has registered fewer new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, according to Spain’s Ministry of Health. Around 210 new cases were recorded on Sunday, compared to 228 on Saturday and 279 on Friday. However, it’s too early to talk of ‘the curve flattening’ yet, cautions Spain’s Ministry of Health, as once the rapid coronavirus detection tests arrive in the next few days, there is the possibility that we’ll see numbers go up again. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/23/coronavirus-cases-in-spains-costa-del-sol-continue-to-surge-albeit-at-a-slightly-lower-rate/
UK Coronavirus death toll jumps to 281 after 48 deaths in just 24 hours (23 March 2020 @ 01:04): The UK’s death toll rose to 281 on Sunday after registering 48 deaths in just 24 hours. Of the 48 new deaths, 37 were in England, seven in Wales, three in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.
According to statistics, the UK’s figures mirror the number of fatalities recorded in Italy just two weeks ago, on March 7th 2020. Scientists have predicted that Britain will follow Italy’s chilling trajectory if more is not done to reinforce social distancing. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 also rose to 5,683 in the UK – 600 more than the day before. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/23/uk-coronavirus-death-toll-jumps-to-281-after-48-deaths-in-just-24-hours/
Spain restricts entry into country for next 30 days from tonight: Spain has toughened border controls over the next 30 days, particularly at airports and seaports from midnight tonight, in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Interior Ministry, entry into the country will now be restricted to residents of Spain, EU and those from Schengen member states with homes in Spain. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/22/breaking-news-spain-restricts-entry-into-country-for-next-30-days-from-tonight/
SOME GOOD NEWS- Spain’s Andalucia registers fewer COVID-19 cases for second consecutive day: Andalucia has registered fewer new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for the second consecutive day, according to Spain’s Ministry of Health.
Around 210 new coronavirus cases have been recorded today, compared to 228 yesterday (Saturday) and 279 on Friday. If the number of new cases continues to drop, then we will be on the way to flattening the curve, according to the health authorities. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/22/some-good-news-spains-andalusia-registers-fewer-covid-19-cases-for-second-consecutive-day/
Marbella Blocked By Guardia Civil: At 3pm Sunday three Guardia Civil cars and several police officers blocking the entrance to Marbella. The sign above the road says ‘Prohibido Viajes No Justificados’ which means ‘unjustified travel is prohibited’. Source and Photo Credit: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/22/entrance-to-marbella-blocked-by-spanish-guardia-civil-police-several-large-ships-spotted-in-waters-off-the-costa-del-sol/
Here is a disturbing document from The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M): SPI-M gives expert advice to the Department of Health and Social Care and wider UK government on scientific matters relating to the UK’s response to an influenza pandemic (or other emerging human infectious disease threats). The advice is based on infectious disease modelling and epidemiology. Pay attention to #4.(https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-pandemic-influenza-subgroup-on-modelling)
SPI-M-O: Consensus view on behavioural and social interventions
Date: 16th March 2020.
1. It was agreed that a combination of case isolation, household isolation and social
distancing of vulnerable groups is very unlikely to prevent critical care facilities being overwhelmed.
2. It was agreed that it is unclear whether or not the addition of general social distancing measures to case isolation, household isolation and social distancing of vulnerable groups would curtail the epidemic by reducing the reproduction number to less than 1.
3. It was agreed that the addition of both general social distancing and school closures to case isolation, household isolation and social distancing of vulnerable groups would be likely to control the epidemic when kept in place for a long period. SPI-M-O agreed that this strategy should be followed as soon as practical, at least in the first instance.
4. It was agreed that a policy of alternating between periods of more and less strict social distancing measures could plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity. These would need to be in place for at least most of a year. Under such as policy, at least half of the year would be spent under the stricter social distancing measures.
5. The triggers for measures to be enacted and lifted could be set at a level of UK nations and regions. The duration of control periods would be less important than the extent to which contacts are reduced. There would be a 2-3 week delay between measures being put into place and their impact being felt in ICU.
Why is the virus called “Novel Corona”? : The name is derived from the Latin word corona, meaning crown. Under electron microscopy, the virus appears crown-like due to small bulbar projections formed by the viral spike. This virus has been known only since last December. The family of the virus has been identified since the 1960s but this strain of the virus has been discovered for the first time in 2019, hence it is called the 2019 novel coronavirus. New subtypes or new viruses discovered are called novel. These may form as a result from mutation of already known viruses.
From the “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” File:
Article by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The U.S. EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online.
Imagine an Internet where the law required every message sent to be read by government-approved scanning software. Companies that handle such messages wouldn’t be allowed to securely encrypt them, or they’d lose legal protections that allow them to operate.
That’s what the Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed and hopes to pass into law. The so-called EARN IT bill will strip protections away from any website that doesn’t follow a list of “best practices,” meaning those sites can be sued into bankruptcy. The “best practices” list will be created by a government commission, headed by Attorney General Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption, and guarantee law enforcement “legal access” to any digital message.
You can’t have an Internet where messages are screened en masse, and also have end-to-end encryption any more than you can create backdoors that can only be used by the good guys. The two are mutually exclusive. Concepts like “client-side scanning” aren’t a clever route around this; such scanning is just another way to break end-to-end encryption. Either the message remains private to everyone but its recipients, or it’s available to others.
Barr has made clear, over and over again, that breaking encryption is at the top of that wish list. Once it’s broken, regimes around the world will rejoice, as they gain the ability to add their own types of mandatory scanning, not just for child sexual abuse material but for self-expression that those governments want to suppress.
Full article at:
Facebook’s new design turns your PC into an enormous phone: Once you switch to the new Facebook layout, the first overwhelming impression is one of supreme embiggenment. The text sizes are larger, the elements are more widely spaced, and very little fits on the screen at once.
The Stories banner is, thankfully, less obnoxiously huge than it was on the old layout. That’s a matter of sheer necessity, unfortunately; it has to be smaller in order to fit even half of a post underneath it on the new scale of things. I was unable to find a single pair of posts on my timeline that would fit on one page under the new layout—and at least half of them were at least two pages tall, all by themselves.
The Messenger functionality is also diminished, with only a single chat visible at any one time. If you click another contact or group on your contacts list, your current chat disappears, to be replaced with the new one.
-Now with dark mode!
-The notifications list is much better pinned to the far right instead of occupying roughly the third-fifth from the left
-Switching to the new layout and back again is instantaneous and easy
-Within the new layout, switching dark mode on and off again is equally quick and easy
-Only one post on the screen at a time. Or less—usually, less
-Only one message on the screen at a time—no matter how high your resolution
-Huge text is huge
-Wasted space is wasted
-The layout itself, basically
Full article: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/03/facebooks-new-design-turns-your-pc-into-an-enormous-phone/
Financials note: U.S. stock futures trigger “limit down” trading curbs in their first hour of trading Sunday night: Futures contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 fell by 5 percent, triggering downside limits. The Nasdaq was down by almost 5 percent.
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GBP>EUR (last night’s quote, click to enlarge)
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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Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
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