DigameXtra No. 1581 Tuesday, March 24th 2020

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-Summer schedule. No Sunday issues in the Summer. The last Sunday issue before the Summer break will be April 8th. Sunday issues will resume October 18th. Church listings normally posted on Sunday will be moved back to Fridays.


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).

DigameXtra News Alert: While it still needs approval, which seems likely, the State of Alarm is about to be extended another 15 days, until 11 April. Extended lockdown UPDATE: Spanish Congress will vote on the decision on March 25.


All current Sponsors have received 15 day extensions to their Sponsorship expiration dates to compensate for the down time we are experiencing. -Ed.


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NOTICE! : Most services are closed due to the pandemic. Please confirm services are not cancelled to avoid disappointment. -Ed.

Archgrove Services: A family run light haulage/transport company with bases in Archez, Spain and near Oxford, UK.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
Our services include:
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #80 24Mar20 + Repair Info:
-I suggest everyone using Windows make a System Restore Point now. If you run into computer problems during the lockdown it may allow you to recover and continue using your computer. Apple Users should do a System Backup for the same reason. Linux users should also do a System Backup (if this is your 1st time running a Linux backup, do not check the “encrypt the backup”box, it just adds another possible problem to the situation).
-Internet providers and content providers have slowed down their servers to compensate for all the people online. If you are having new buffering problems in Windows while watching online content, try this.
Open Control Panel, open System, Click on Advanced System Settings. Be sure you are in the Advanced tab, then click Settings in the Performance box. Make sure you are in the Visual Effects tab, then change the setting to “Adjust For Best Performance”. Then click Apply, then click OK. Now restart. Your streaming videos may play better now. Some text may appear slightly less clear now, that’s a trade off you’ll need to consider. It’s easy enough to change back to the original settings when you are done watching videos.

-If anyone has a laptop that needs extensive work, like a full refurb or a “dual boot” Windows&Linux setup, and you don’t need it back before the lockdown ends, you can mail me the unit. For newer units it may be wise to insure the package. Email me for mailing address. Be sure to pack it properly and include a note with your computer login password/PIN, name&address&phone number, and email address (not the password for email), as well as the work you want done.
DoctorLaptop, Torrox Costa, Tel 675 993 069, doctorlaptop@protonmail.com.
Include the make, “full model number” (found on bottom or in battery compartment) or Serial Number and version of your operating system when emailing for support.


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Prayer changes everything, take a step today and ask God to step in.
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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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Recommendations & Requests

Regarding EARN IT Internet Privacy Article: I just want to comment on the EARN IT article that was included in the DigameXtra issue of Monday the 23rd March.
How frightening this, (EARN IT), is! Big Brother and 1984 finally catch up with us.
No encryption for any message sent over the Internet to allow the U.S. government to scan and spy on everyone. This would leave all of us open to criminal elements. (Very worrying).
I worry that legislation of this kind will be slipped through on the quiet during the unprecedented Corvid-19 crisis that the world is suffering at present.
(Keep safe everyone in DigameXtra land).
Thank you, Naythan, for keeping us informed.
Regards, Keith, (keithrocksue AT gmail DOT com) Torre del Mar


Our 8 PM greeting to all the services who look after so well. Dorothy Allen. Nerja. dorothyallenpl @ gmail . 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/

World Coronavirus Cases: According to the latest Worldometer statistics (at 00.30 GMT today), 378,741 people have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world to date. Of that total, 260,634 are currently infected, of which 12,238 (5%) are in critical condition. Out of the remaining 118,107 cases, 101,608 have recovered, however, 16,449 resulted in death from the disease.

Spain Cases: Last updated: Tuesday March 24, 2020, 02:33 GMT. Spain registered 6,368 more cases and 539 new deaths in the last 24 hours, totalling 35,136 cases. Total deaths so far 2,311.

Malaga province has 520 coronavirus cases but rise has slowed down in last few days (23 March 2020 @ 15:07): According to figures released on Monday afternoon by the regional Health authority, confirmed cases of infection had reached 520, 15 more in 24 hours. This figure is down from the 60 and 63 new cases registered on the previous two days respectively. One new death in the province was reported on Sunday, a 65-year-old man, taking the official total up to 21. However SUR learned of three more deaths on Sunday, taking the total to at least 24. No further deaths were reported in Malaga on Monday.
Of the 520 patients in Malaga province, according to the official figures, 192 are in hospital and 307 are being monitored at home.
Drive-through testing has begun. On Sunday the Junta de Andalucía began drive-through Covid-19 tests for health workers, care home employees, members of the security forces and other key workers. These are available in Malaga, Almeria, Cadiz (Campo de Gibraltar and Jerez), Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, and Seville (city, Aljarafe and Osuna) by prior appointment only. These tests provide a result 24 to 48 hours. Appointments can be made through employers. Meanwhile the Madrid government has promised that rapid testing kits that give a result in 15 minutes will be made available over the next few days.
Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/23/more-than-coronavirus-cases-20200323103813.html


Coronavirus patients spotted lying on floor at overrun Madrid hospital: Chilling scenes have emerged from hospitals in Madrid, Spain, that have been overrun by coronavirus patients — showing some sprawled out over the floor. Several patients have spent as many as three days sitting in the ER waiting room to await beds that only become available when those admitted either die or recover and are sent home. Source & Video: https://nypost.com/2020/03/23/coronavirus-patients-spotted-lying-on-floor-at-overrun-madrid-hospital/


UK THREE WEEK HOUSE ARREST- Boris orders coronavirus-hit Brits to stay home unless they have one of four reasons – or be FINED: Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.
The draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits’ lives included:
-All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms.
-Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close.
-Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves.
-Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals
-Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work.
-We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11238253/boris-johnson-coronavirus-lockdown-fines/


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Brexit Hotline

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
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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