DigameXtra No. 1585 Saturday, March 28th 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 Sunday 12 April. (


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29 Mar 2020 – Daylight Saving Time Starts
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, 29 March 2020, 02:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, 29 March 2020, 03:00:00 local daylight time instead.
More info: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/spain/malaga


Attention All Theatre Lovers! The UK’s National Theatre Will Begin Broadcasting Plays Online for Free: The British National Theatre (BNT) will be broadcasting various stage shows on Thursdays through their account on YouTube. This new programme will last two months, with a weekly viewing on Thursdays (7:00pm UK time, 8:00pm in Spain) as they try to recreate the experience of communal viewing from home. Also lots of videos, official trailers, clips  and interviews on their Youtube page.
BNT Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/27/attention-all-theatre-lovers-the-uks-national-theatre-will-begin-broadcasting-plays-online-for-free/


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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.)


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Recommendations & Requests

Post office: Does anyone know what days and time the post office in Vinuela is open? Thank you. Brian, Vinuela, taylorinspain@gmail.com


Have a positive day: Yesterday on the BBC website there was an article asking for volunteers to enter data. The idea is to put 200 years of rainfall history onto computer so that more accurate statistics can be provided. Pop along to https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/edh/rainfall-rescue and start entering the data, no need to register, the form is on the screen
or https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52040822 to see the article and link.
Just a few entries can help to complete this task. I have actioned a couple of hours to date and have found it fascinating. I selected 1951 and was taken on a tour of the UK, from Shetland to Norfolk and Cornwall. Today I´m working on 1949 and I´m thinking that they had a better August…
Cris, Torrox Campo, somontano2003 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk


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: World and Spanish statistics updated Friday, March 27, 2020, 17:53 GMT worldometers.info
Coronavirus Cases: 577,621
Deaths: 26,447
Recovered: 130,666

Spain Coronavirus Cases: The latest official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday revealed that 769 people have died from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the last 24 hours – the highest daily rise in fatalities since the beginning of the outbreak.
Coronavirus Cases: 64,059
Deaths: 4,934
Recovered: 9,357


Costa del Sol and Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Updated Friday 27 March 2020, 14:35
In Andalucía on Friday there were 3,793 confirmed coronavirus patients, 387 up on Thursday’s figure, and 144 deaths, ten more in 24 hours. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/27/more-than-thousand-covid-20200327135334.html


Malaga province: Updated Friday 27 March 2020, 14:35
Total Cases- 1,006. This is 101 up on the previous day’s figure, a greater increase than in the previous 24 hours, when there were 86 new cases, but lower than the figures for Tuesday and Wednesday when there were 145 and 155 new cases respectively. Of the 1,006 cases in this area, 540 are in hospital and 420 are being monitored at home. 104 patients have been discharged from hospital and 61 patients have recovered.
Total Deaths- 46 deaths were confirmed in Malaga province on Friday, four more than the previous day. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/27/more-than-thousand-covid-20200327135334.html 


UK Coronavirus: Last updated: March 27, 2020, 18:07 GMT
Total Cases: 14,543
Deaths: 759
Recovered: 135


Firing employees during State of Alarm is banned in Spanish Government move: The move also means that temporary contracts cannot expire.
Article at: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/27/firing-employees-during-state-of-alarm-is-banned-in-spanish-government-move-to-promote-temporary-redundancies/


Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy: New, simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swab tests can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus. Such tests could reveal the true extent of the outbreak and help separate the healthy from the sick. But some scientists have challenged their accuracy. Read more:


All 650,000 rapid Covid-19 test kits from China ‘USELESS’ & must be returned, says Spain’s Health Minister: Earlier, it was thought only a batch of around 9,000 kits were faulty, and had to be returned. However, after other batches were tested by health experts, it was found that none of the test kits are of ‘quality’ or ‘up to standard’. Lab tests revealed that the new rapid testing kits were actually only correctly identifying positive cases around 30 per cent of the time.
The Spanish government purchased the rapid test kits from Chinese firm Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology, in a bid to start mass testing and get a clearer picture of the extent of the rate of infection rate in the country. However, it recently transpired that this firm doesn’t actually have an ‘official licence’ to sell these tests or any other medical equipment. (You have to wonder if the bureaucrat that authorized this purchase without due diligence will be held responsible for this egregious mistake that has seriously set back efforts to combat the coronavirus? -Ed.) Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/27/all-650000-rapid-covid-19-test-kits-from-china-useless-must-be-returned-says-spains-health-minister/


What happens to rental payments and agreements that end during the state of alarm? : The Government is preparing measures to help the most disadvantaged tenants during the state of alarm. United Podemos is pushing for the Executive forgive two monthly payments and compensate 100% of the rents to owners who have two properties or less. But the decision has not yet been made and negotiations with the Socialist Party continue.
While these initiatives are decided, this is how the rental market is regulated:
What happens if the lease expires during the alarm state?
Ignasi Vives, lawyer specialized in leases and real estate agency Sanahuja Miranda, explains that the royal decree declaring the state of alarm establishes the suspension of statutes of limitations and expiration of any actions and rights, so that these will be suspended during the term of the state of alarm and, where appropriate, of the extensions to be adopted. Full story (Spanish): https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-ocurre-contratos-alquiler-terminen-durante-estado-alarma-202003271350_noticia.html?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fspainsnews.com%2Fwhat-happens-to-rental-agreements-that-end-during-the-state-of-alarm%2F


Bob Dylan Releases 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination:
The surprise track, which Dylan said only was recorded “a while back,” comes eight years after his last album of original material.
For years, Bob Dylan fans have spoken in a sort of hushed awe about the longest song he ever released, “Highlands,” an album side-length 1997 track that ran 16 minutes and 31 seconds. Now, 23 years later, he’s slightly outdone himself. As the clock struck midnight on the east coast Friday morning, Dylan released a new song, “Murder Most Foul,” that has a running time just seconds shy of the 17-minute mark — and it’s an epic free association on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Full story: https://variety.com/2020/music/news/bob-dylan-releases-17-minute-song-jfk-kennedy-assassination-murder-most-foul-1203546713/


How a Hedge Funder Scored a 10,000% Return Amid Coronavirus Market Meltdown: At the beginning of March, hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman revealed that his investment firm, Pershing Square Capital Management, had bought $27 million worth of credit protection on global investment-grade and high-yield credit indexes in late February to limit portfolio loss amid coronavirus-spurred market volatility.
The timing of those investments couldn’t have been better. Major stock indexes began their free fall on March 6 and hit the rocket bottom on Monday. The same day, Ackman finished unwinding those hedges and reaped $2.6 billion in proceeds. Full story: https://observer.com/2020/03/hedge-fund-bill-ackman-profit-coronavirus-market-crash/


Animal charities face hard times as shops and shelters close:
-Veterinary practices, while closed to walk-ins, are remaining open during the state of alarm but appointments must be made by phone or online.
-Animal charities have inevitably been hit hard by the lockdown with shelters closed to the public and adoptions on hold until the emergency is over. However, some are still taking in animals.
Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/27/animal-charities-face-hard-20200327100453-v.html


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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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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
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