DigameXtra No. 1584 Friday, March 27th 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). I suggest you check it daily.


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 The State of Alarm has been  extended another 15 days, until 11 April (or 12th, depending on source). (


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Greek restaurant in Torrox Costa!:  Greek House. Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialties. Our opening time is from 18:00, Tuesday thru Sunday. Monday closed. Also, you can enjoy our specialties in lunch time, between 13.00-15.00, by reservation only, on telephone number 642585049. You can choose meat specialties ( Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! https://la-casita-griega.business.site/


Casa Magel: Casa Magel Valle De Abdalajis Malaga
We are now taking bookings for spring breaks and summer getaways.
-Our ever popular 2 night stay with breakfast and 1 evening 3 course meal for 2 with wine is still available at a cost of 120€ for 2 sharing a double en-suite room.
-3 nights stay with breakfast, I evening 3-course meal for 2 with wine and an evening of tapas in a local bar at a cost of 175€ for 2 sharing a double en-suite room.
Our rooms are nicely decorated and furnished and with comfy beds.
We have a large garden and an Andalucian fully fitted kitchen area with BBQ and comfortable outside space for our guests to use. Large pool in season.
There are lots to do in the area, walk the famous Camino Del Rey, visit the beautiful Ardales lakes.
Antequera is a must to visit, a beautiful town with 27 churches, the most for a town in Spain.
The rock formations at El Torcal are an unforgettable sight.
We are close to an organic Bodega where you can have a tour with tapas for 20€ per person or add an extra 15€ per person and finish with 3-course lunch with wine, all in all, a great experience.
The house is lovely, the food is yummy, the hosts are friendly and welcoming and the views and sunsets are amazing
You can book extra nights for 55€ per room.
Looking for that perfect present for that special person, well here it is.
We can provide personalised vouchers, for birthdays, anniversaries or just to treat someone.
Contact Casa Magel at casamagel@yahoo.com
website http://www.casamagel.com or
ring 722879503/ 632298062.
We get booked up quite quickly so don’t miss out on that special date.


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Restaurants & Markets That Deliver

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: UPDATED HOURS
630 393 290 or WhatsApp
Deliveries 7 days a week 5.00pm – 8.00pm,
please pre-order well in advance because these times are very popular.
We are now fully licensed for Home Deliveries.
Please make your order from our menu below.
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.)


Offer of help from the Mayor and Torrox Council: If you know of any people who are old, sick or disabled, who live alone and do not have family close by or close friends to support them, and they need to get hold of medicinal supplies, etc., call (0034) 952 530 473 or email proteccioncivil@torrox.es.
Also, a list of supermarkets who will deliver:
-Congelados y alimentación “Virgin del Carmen”,
Carretera 128,
El Morche
Tel 670 891 052
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge
-Supermercado “El Pino”
Torrox Park
679 929 292
Will deliver to Torrox, Torrox Park, Peñoncillo, Torrox Costa
Minimum purchase 40 euros
-Cárnicas Malagueños, Torrox
Calle Pontil 30, Torrox
650 501 150 (Francis)
631 571 613 (Herminia)
666 268 655 (Janet)
Will deliver to Torrox village
-Supermercado Covirán El Morche
Calle axarquia, 3
El Morche
952 532 029
-Supermercado Jose
El Morche
676 275 622
-Supermercado Covirán “La “Despensa”
Carretera Almería, Edf. Los Llanos 3, local 13, La Carrara
El Morche
601638 672
Will deliver to Urb. Generación 27, area around Los Llanos and Santa Rosa
-mini Market Las Niñas
C/Dona Elisa Ortigosa, 3
654 359 488 Jose
634 783 584
Will deliver to Torrox pueblo, Rabitilla and Trocha
-Supermercado Covirán (Chelo)
C/Jose Ariza, 22 bajo, locales 5 & 6
653 124 226
No minimum purchase, no delivery charge to all of Torrox.
These shops have adapted to help support us. Let’s support our local shops.
Margaret Riordan, Torrox, MaRiordan at aol dot com
(Many thanks to Margaret for translating and typing all this out! -Ed.)


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Recommendations & Requests

Torrox town hall: Would like to share my experience of help from torrox council. My daughters in uk contacted them to let them know that my husband and I were in bad health and over 70. I had phone call to let me know where to ring for delivery of food etc.,and who to call for medication. All good but also I get a phone call every morning to ask if I am ok. How good is that? Eileen / El Morche, eileen_hobbs @ hotmail .com


Reusable plastic shopping bags suspect: I heard a radio program today on Republic Broadcasting Network that suggested plastic shopping bags contain traces of previous contents and may harbor bacteria and viruses. Freshly washed cloth bags are safer they say. If you must use plastic, it is suggested you wash them between uses with soapy water and dry them in direct sunlight. -Ed.


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: (Friday, March 27, 2020, 01:20 GMT)
Coronavirus Cases: 531,799
Deaths: 24,071
Recovered: 123,942
(Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2020, 01:20 GMT)


Spain Coronavirus: Total Cases: 57,786
Deaths: 4,365
Recovered: 7,015
Coronavirus deaths in Spain now exceed 4,365, with 655 in just 24 hours
The total number of infections has passed the 56,000-mark, up 8,578 on the day before. That brings the total number of deaths in the country to 4,365. A total of 56,188 people have been infected, with 31,912 currently in hospital. Of these, 3,679 are in intensive care, while 7,015 patients have recovered and have been released from hospital.
Yesterday saw Spain overtake China in terms of the total number of deaths from the coronavirus, and the country is now second only to Italy.
https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-03-26/coronavirus-deaths-in-spain-now-exceed-4000-with-655-in-just-24-hours.html AND https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/
(Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2020, 01:20 GMT)

Costa del Sol and Andalucia Coronavirus Cases:
There have been 3.406 confirmed cases in Andalucia, 396 more than day before.
There have been 134 deaths, 13 more than the day before. Increases not quite as severe as day before. (Spain data released 26-03-20 11:30 hrs, data for 20.00 hrs previous day )

Malaga province: No Update Available Today.

UK Coronavirus: Total Cases 11,658
Deaths: 578
Recovered: 135
(Last updated: March 27, 2020, 01:20 GMT)


DoctorLaptop Note: If your internet has been slow, if websites have had difficulty loading, if videos keep stalling/buffering, if Chrome browser is not behaving correctly, if clicks on items are ignored, if video calls keep cutting out or if your back arrow refuses to work you are not alone. People all over the world are experiencing the same issues. Big Tech blames it on the increased internet traffic caused by the quarantines and home workers. Some users are specifically complaining about Chrome browser acting buggy and are reporting better internet response from non-Chrome browsers. Here are some alternatives I use:
Firefox, https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Opera, https://www.opera.com/ (has built-in free VPN)
If you prefer a private, tracker free browser try:
Vivaldi, https://vivaldi.com/
Brave Browser, https://brave.com/ (Very secure but some videos do not play on this as it’s security features may block them)
Epic, https://www.epicbrowser.com/ (has built-in free VPN)


The hospital in Axarquía needs your help: Professionals from the Hospital de la Axarquía call on citizens to provide protective equipment such as masks, hats, waterproof gowns and overalls similar to those that are used to fumigate.
Read more (Spanish): https://www.europapress.es/andalucia/malaga-00356/noticia-profesionales-hospital-axarquia-llaman-ciudadania-aportar-equipos-proteccion-20200325121749.html
Birgit, Competa, birgit dot fastrup at gmail dot com


Wall Street rallies as job losses stir talk of more stimulus: The S&P 500 has now clawed back nearly $3 trillion in market value since its close on Monday and is on pace for its third straight daily increase for the first time since the selloff began in late February.
At 11:45 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 1,164.45 points, or 5.49%, at 22,365.00, the S&P 500 .SPX was up 117.13 points, or 4.73%, at 2,592.69 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 292.52 points, or 3.96%, at 7,676.82.
All the 11 major S&P sectors was trading higher.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by more than 8-to-1 on the NYSE and 5-to-1 on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded no new 52-week high or low, while the Nasdaq recorded two new highs and 10 new lows.
The IBEX 35 closed its third consecutive day on the rise, something that had not happened since last February 12, and closed at 7,033 points after scoring a 1.3% rise.
Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/wall-street-rallies-as-job-losses-stir-talk-of-more-stimulus-idUSKBN21D17Z


Banks raise the limit of contactless card payment from 20 to 50 euros for the coronavirus: The Spanish financial institutions that are part of the Spanish system of card payments to which almost all the financial institutions of the country are attached have agreed to temporarily extend the limit of contactless payment from 20 to 50 euros, thus reducing contact by not having to type our PIN number. In this sense, the public has also been recommended to “prioritize card or mobile payment” to reduce physical contact. Source (Spanish): https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-bancos-elevan-limite-pago-tarjeta-sin-contacto-20-50-euros-coronavirus-202003261738_noticia.html


Harvard researchers: Social distancing during COVID-19 may have to be turned on and off like a spigot. It’s unlikely one single, long stretch of “social distancing” is going to solve COVID-19 for the US (or EU?) before a vaccine arrives, say Harvard researchers. Instead, it may be necessary to keep having periodic intervals of quarantine until the US healthcare system is fortified. Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/harvard-researchers-social-distancing-during-covid-19-may-have-to-be-turned-on-and-off-like-a-spigot/


Android Apps in Google Play Store Capitalizing on Coronavirus Outbreak: The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be an opportunity for attackers to stage a variety of malware attacks, phishing campaigns, and create scam sites and malicious tracker apps.
Now in a fresh twist, third-party Android app developers too have begun to take advantage of the situation to use coronavirus-related keywords in their app names, descriptions, or in the package names so as to encourage installation, drop malware, perpetrate financial theft and rank higher in Google Store searches related to the topic.
“Most malicious apps found are bundle threats that range from ransomware to SMS-sending malware, and even spyware designed to clean out the contents of victims’ devices for personal or financial data,” Bitdefender researchers said in a telemetry analysis report shared with The Hacker News. Full story: https://thehackernews.com/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-apps-android.html


Grid operators turn control centers into campsites to keep coronavirus at bay: With countries across Europe in lockdown to try to contain the virus, gas and power grid operators are scrambling to roll out emergency plans to make sure their control rooms are safe from infection and can keep critical infrastructure running.
Potentially at risk are more than 12 million kilometers (km) of networks, or 31 times the distance to the moon – Europe’s energy nerve center on which hundreds of millions of residential and commercial customers depend. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-power-grids/grid-operators-turn-control-centers-into-campsites-to-keep-coronavirus-at-bay-idUSKBN21D0P1


In drastic move, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus: After more than two weeks of a nationwide lockdown, the Italian government decided to expand the mandatory closure of nonessential commercial activities to heavy industry in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, a major exporter of machinery, textiles and other goods.
The move by Italy, which is leading the globe in virus deaths, is more in line with draconian measures taken by China than with declarations coming out of other democratic partners, who are at least a week or two behind Italy’s rate of virus infections. Full story: https://apnews.com/5a5b657f4dbe639a9172d6fc44856ad1


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GBP>EUR (last night’s quote, click to enlarge)



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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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
Currency Converter: http://www.currency-converter.com/
Internet Speed Test: http://beta.speedtest.net/
Local Bank Holidays: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/spain/index.php  UKNewspaper Front Pages and Worldwide Newspapers All On One Site: https://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/front-pages.cfm

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