DigameXtra No. 1588 Tuesday, March 31st 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!  -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. BEWARE OF FAKEBOOK HOAXES!


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 The State of Alarm has been extended thru Saturday April 11th, (


What’s On

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Axarquía Orange Warning for Rain Today:
Orange Warning for Rain in effect from 6:00 AM CEST until 2:00 PM CEST.
Source: State Meteorological Agency
Severe rain warning. Axarquía
One-hour accumulated precipitation: 30 mm.
Be prepared. Take precautions and keep up to date with the latest weather forecast. Expect some disruption to daily routines and be prepared for disruption to outdoor activities. https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/nerja/302197/weather-warnings/302197


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NOTICE! : Most services are closed or offering on-line services only, 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:
Regular runs between UK and Spain;
Transport of personal property from full house moves to vehicles down to small single items;
Courier Services;
Man & Van services;
Packing, including supply of packing materials;
UK Home shopping with UK delivery address;
Storage of property and vehicles in UK and Spain;
Any jobs in Western Europe and Scandinavia considered; and,
Fully Insured with Haulage, Goods In Transit and Public Liability policies.
If we can be of service please contact Steve & Gail. We are on Facebook and always available to chat through your needs and provide a free no obligation quote if required. FB-Link
UK: 0044 7868 435052
SPAIN: 0034 951 066 093
Email: archgroveservices@gmail.com Our contact is also in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section everyday. 


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Extensions, retaining walls, driveways, swimming pools, damp problems, roofs, blocked drains
Replacement kitchens and bathrooms, Tiling and terraces . Plumbing, electrics and plastering, painting
Architect service, building licence applications
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DoctorLaptop is open for repair services: Tech and communications workers are “essential” workers and allowed to work as long as they are not opening their shops to public traffic. Work by appointment is acceptable, however I cannot supply you with an appointment slip to show police if you get controlled in transit. While most readers will not be able to travel freely to make drop-offs, many will have friends who are authorized to travel, who may be able to drop-off and pickup laptops. Or we can arrange to meet at my local tobacco shop, so you can get me laptops in this manner as anyone is allowed to go to tobacco shops. We just need to maintain social distancing during the exchange. Please wipe down laptops with alcohol before bringing them in.  Work by appointment only, call 675 993 069 to make arrangements. DoctorLaptop- Torrox Costa.


Spanish lessons: Social distancing and self-isolation measures are bringing untold challenges to our communities. In this time of difficulty, one way of keeping busy and motivated whilst indoors is to learn Spanish. We provide Spanish courses online on Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype. It is a new way of learning Spanish and communicate with people. Stay at home and learn Spanish with us!
Online Spanish Courses by videoconference (Zoom, Hangouts or Skype)
The same teachers
Our own teaching materials
The use of new technologies
Virtual resources
Activities in groups, pairs and individuals ones.
What does the price include?
Classes with a teacher on Zoom, Hangouts or Skype (we will help you to use them)
Certificate of attendance
Lyrics and songs
Get a discount of 10% on all our online courses if you sign up now!
Try it out, the first lesson is free!
Email: info@academia-idiomas-torrox.es Telephone: 635152447


Prayer Requests: Due to the current situation, none of us can get to a church, so we have created a dedicated prayer team who are happy to give their time to pray for you and your friends or family, whatever your prayer need, finding peace of mind provides a foundation of strength to face any situation.
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Prayer changes everything, take a step today and ask God to step in.
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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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Wanted, Updated: Strong sewing thread. Can anyone help provide strong cotton/thread for a group of volunteers who are making masks+hats for the frontline workers. UPDATE: This is just an update about the thread needed for a group of volunteers who are making masks etc for the Frontline workers. There will now be collection points in various supermarkets etc because the people involved have been told they cannot collect from houses. There will be one in Eroski from today and I will update you when I hear of the other collection points. Thank you to everyone getting in touch so far. Sheila 640328051. PIC


Recommendations & Requests

South of France: Does anybody know if there is a DigameXtra type blog available to ex pats living in the south of France?
Regards, Jackser/Tadgh, Competa
barretttadgh@yahoo.com (I know of  Digame – Mallorca, and have been told several Digame blogs exist in Germany. The one in Almeria shut down 2yrs ago. DigameXtra- Andalucia is mirrored in Brazil and India {verified in my subscriber list}; subscribers who have travelled to Spain saw it, and now back home share new issues in old-school email chains. I don’t know of any Digame blogs in France. -Ed.)


News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook and Social Media: In the past 36 hours there have been circulating several hoaxes that well meaning people have spread to thousands of unsuspecting FB friends. These have included a hoax that tobacco shops would not open today…they did open. Other hoaxes have involved new stiffer restrictions on who may be outside, and for how long, as well as how far you may go when walking your dog. To make it worse, some local authorities are making statements contrary to the official info on regional gov’t websites, and the local press is posting it as if it is undoubtedly true. Other possible hoaxes include a story that virus victims over 65 are being removed from ventilators in hospitals, are then being sedated and left to die (there is even a homemade video being passed around of this one with a crying man sharing a rumour he heard 3rd hand). Still others tell readers to wear masks outdoors when all the official sites are saying that is unnecessary unless you are sick, that masks should be saved for medical workers. Some FB users are even exploiting the crisis to gain “likes” on their FB pages by posting fake info posters designed to cause panic and get reposted by all their contacts, so as to harvest the “likes” the fake poster generates. That’s the social media world kids live in today. Anything for a taste of celebrity.
If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you can’t believe it!
This is precisely why social media needs to be shut down, or severely restricted to registered, verified, PAYING users only. It is full of fake accounts, fake news, fake friend requests, fake likes, and fake info. There is no accountablilty. If you get shut down for misbehaving you can create a new account in 5 minutes and get back to fake-land. The solution is that everyone should have their own website or blog, that is tracable back to the owner, so if they misbehave or intentionally post hoaxes there will be consequences. -Ed.


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


World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- March 30, 2020, 21:02 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 776,105
Total Deaths: 37,126


Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- March 30, 2020, 21:02 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 85,195
Total Deaths: 7,340


Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: (Updated- 30 March 2020, 15:53).
Total Coronavirus Cases: 5,405
Daily New Cases: 723
Total Deaths: 236
Daily New Deaths: 29


Malaga province: (Updated- 30 March 2020, 15:53)
Total Coronavirus Cases: 1,321
Daily New Cases: 163
Total Deaths: 69
Daily New Deaths: 5
in Malaga province, 725 Covid-19 patients are in hospital and 527 are being monitored at home. A total of 185 people have been discharged from hospital and 83 have been declared as recovered. http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202003/30/covi-cases-continue-grow-20200330143642.html


UK Coronavirus: (Last updated- March 30, 2020, 21:21 GMT)
Total Coronavirus Cases: 22,141
Total Deaths: 1,408


Italy sees 812 more coronavirus deaths, but new cases fall steeply: Italy, the world’s hardest hit country which accounts for more than a third of all global fatalities, saw its total death tally rise to 11,591 since the outbreak emerged in northern regions on Feb. 21.
More positively, the number of new cases rose by just 4,050 Monday, the lowest amount since March 17, reaching a total of 101,739. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy/italy-sees-812-more-coronavirus-deaths-but-new-cases-fall-steeply-idUSKBN21H2EH


USA Coronavirus Notes:
-Virginia Statewide Stay-At-Home Order — Until June 10. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order that’s effective immediately and will remain in place until June 10, unless the governor amends or rescinds it.
-Governor issues stay-at-home order for South Florida thru mid-May. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday announced that he is issuing a stay-at-home order for the southern portion of the state as the number of positive coronavirus cases grows.
The order will apply to Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties through the middle of May.
-Gas is cheap (99cents per gallon), but for many motorists there’s nowhere to go. Some service stations in the U.S. are selling gasoline for 99 cents or even less a gallon, prices not seen in decades. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Hackers Begin Exploiting Zoom’s Overnight Success to Spread Malware: As people increasingly work from home and online communication platforms such as Zoom explode in popularity in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the spike in usage by registering new fake “Zoom” domains and malicious “Zoom” executable files in an attempt to trick people into downloading malware on their devices.
The recent, staggering increase means that hackers have taken notice of the work-from-home paradigm shift that COVID-19 has forced, and they see it as an opportunity to deceive, lure, and exploit. Each time you get a Zoom link or document messaged or forwarded to you, I’d take an extra look to make sure it’s not a trap, said Omer Dembinsky, Manager of Cyber Research at Check Point. Full story: https://thehackernews.com/2020/03/zoom-video-coronavirus.html


IOC reschedules Tokyo Olympic Games for July 23 until August 8, 2021: The Tokyo Olympic Games will now run from July 23 until August 8, 2021. The Paralympic Games (due to start on August 25, 2020) has also been postponed until August 24 and will run until September 5, 2021. The IOC decided to postpone both events to protect the health of the athletes, as well as all involved, and to stop the further spread of Covid-19. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/30/ioc-reschedules-tokyo-olympic-games-from-23-july-until-8-august-2021/


Tennis world served another blow as UK’s Wimbledon ‘to be cancelled’ on Wednesday after news French Open in postponed: Meanwhile, French Open organisers sparked outrage by unilaterally postponing the clay-court grand slam event at Roland Garros from May until late September. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/30/tennis-world-served-another-blow-as-uks-wimbledon-to-be-cancelled-on-wednesday-after-news-french-open-in-postponed/


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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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