DigameXtra No. 1597 Thursday, April 9th 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.  -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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Easter Week 2020:
9 Apr, Thu., Maundy Thursday (La festividad del Jueves Santo) (Regional holiday)
10 Apr, Fri., Good Friday (El Viernes Santo) (National holiday)
12 Apr, Sun., Easter Sunday
13Apr, Mon., Easter Monday (Regional holiday, but not in Andalucia)
Source: https://www.andalucia.com/calendar/bankholidays.htm


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Dentadanes open for emergencies: Dear patients,
We hope you are well and staying safe. We are!
We are open Monday to Friday 10-12 to help with emergencies. Please call in advance for us to send you a travel permit.
Please note we are closed Thursday 9/4-12/4 for Easter holidays.
For more information visit our web page (dentadanes.com) or contact us
on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dentadanes/
Tlf: 952 529 666
Best wishes,
Nete Larsen, Colegio de dentistas de Málaga No. 29002158


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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:
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.)


Home delivery by Haveli: Haveli Restaurant – Since 1987
Nerja & Eastern Costa del Sol’s Premier Indian Restaurant
Cristo 44 (Post Office Street), Nerja
Make your day with some great food!
Choice of Indian and International dishes
Call 605110307 or 952524297
Free home delivery
You may also order a combo from our Indian Menu
Deliveries 7 days a week – 1 pm to 7 pm
We request payments in cash only.
(Menu pic coming soon)


Restaurant Meson Mudejar Food Delivery: We cover the areas of Archez, Canillas de Albaida, Competa, Corumbela, Sayalonga, Salares and Sedella.
DELIVERY ONLY ( delivery is free ).
682 489 949 please call or contact us on Whatsapp.
Deliveries 7 days a week. Please contact us one day before and we deliver the next day.
Our menu can be found on our website:
Payments in cash only.
Thank you and stay safe.


Granada: Voldistribución, the company that distributes Mahou & San Miguel beers, has launched the initiative “Stay at home. Voldis brings the bar to your house in Granada!”
Deliveries within 48 hours from the order and the shipments will have no cost beyond that of the products ordered. In addition to beer, customers may include wine, water, juices or preserves, among others.
Email: atencioncliente@aldimer.com
Mobile & WhatsApp: 660 746 355
Landline: 958 491 280


Restaurante La Joya:
Delivers to Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox and Maro on Mondays and Thursdays 12:00-17:30 with a pre-order.
The menu is:
Beef Goulash with vegetables in rich red wine sauce, served with creamy mashed potatoes (€9.90), Moroccan Vegetarian Dish with chickpeas in tomatoes, served with sliced aubergine, salad and Greek yoghurt with walnuts and garlic (€9.90), Aromatic Chicken and vegetables tagine served with couscous (€9.90), Aromatic Vegetarian tagine with almonds and butternut squash served with couscous (€9.90), Beef or Vegetarian Moussaka (€9.90), home made cake of the day (€4.50).
JUST WHATSAPP 675861719, or simply call.


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News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook and Social Media: There are tons of hoaxes circulating, that well meaning people have spread to thousands of unsuspecting FB friends. 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!  -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- April 08, 2020, 21:21 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 1,504,665
Total Deaths: 87,978


Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- April 08, 2020, 21:21 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 146,824
Total Deaths: 14,685


Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- 08/04/2020 20:31h
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-8997-casos-positivos-coronavirus-andalucia-202004081617_noticia.html  (Thanks to Trish B. for providing this link. -Ed.)
There have been 8.997 confirmed cases in Andalucia, 230 more than day before. There have been 605 deaths, 77 more than the day before


Malaga province: Updated- 08/04/2020 20:31h
Total Cases: 2,006, 74 new in the last 24hrs.
Total Deaths: 140, 15 new in the last 24hrs


UK Coronavirus: Last Updated- April 08, 2020, 21:21 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 60,733
Total Deaths: 7,097


Spain’s Covid-19 fatalities soar again to 757 in just 24 hours taking total death toll to 14,555: After four days of registering fewer coronavirus (covid-19) fatalities, the death rate from the disease in Spain has soared again for the second consecutive day. Fernando Simón, Director of Centre of Heath Alerts & Emergencies at the Ministry of Health, insisted today that “we are on the way down”. “However, the number of people hospitalised and the number of serious cases in intensive care units have not been reduced as much as we would have liked,” he admitted. Today, the total number of people in intensive care in Spain have not actually been published. Updates for Covid-19 numbers have been coming in slower this week than in previous weeks, especially the Regional and Provincial figures. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/04/08/breaking-news-spains-covid-19-death-toll-soars-again-to-757-in-just-24-hours-taking-total-death-toll-to-14555/


Bad Stats- Coronavirus deaths in Madrid for second half of March could exceed official figures by 3,000! : Deputy regional premier admits that as many as 3,479 of the people who died last month inside the region’s senior centers showed symptoms but were never counted as official victims of Covid-19. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-04-08/coronavirus-deaths-in-madrid-could-be-3000-above-official-figures.html


Another 936 coronavirus fatalities in the UK:
The figures released by NHS, count newly-confirmed deaths in hospital patients with Covid-19, reported up until 5pm on Tuesday.
-828 coronavirus patients have died in hospital in England, taking the total to 6,483.
-70 in Scotland – a rise to 366
-33 in Wales – a rise to 245
-Northern Ireland’s figures for today have not yet been published.
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/04/08/breaking-news-another-936-coronavirus-fatalities-in-the-uk/


Spain will slowly return to “normal life” starting on April 26, says Finance Minister and government spokesperson María Jesús Montero: Technical experts will decide on the conditions of the gradual deescalation of confinement measures introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“We can’t take anything for granted right now, only that the extension of the state of alarm will last until April 26,” she said. “From that moment on, the relaxation [of the confinement orders] will happen progressively so that citizens can begin, in an orderly fashion, to return to normal life, to the streets, to the public squares.” The minister added that the lifting of the lockdown rules must be well planned and organized “so that there are no [new] peaks and infections.”
Montero said the government is working on “different scenarios” on how the confinement measures could be eased, but refused to go into further details until “the experts decide” on how to proceed. Source: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-04-08/spain-will-slowly-return-to-normal-life-starting-on-april-26-says-government.html


Spanish Politics Update- Here Come the Protests, Lockdown Style! :
Around 400,000 of Spain’s citizens are reported to have tuned into a Youtube programme calling for the resignation and prosecution of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over the party’s ‘lies’ and ‘mishandling’ of the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday.
The presenters, some of whom are also supporters of the opposition party Vox, accused the Government of not taking adequate measures to protect the population from the pandemic, as well as hiding the real number of fatalities from the public. It also criticised Sanchez’ party of responding to the coronavirus crisis too late, and ignoring warnings when he allowed the March 8th International Women’s Day demonstrations to go ahead. They also highlighted the Ministry of Health’s incompetence of buying Covid-19 rapid tests that did not work from an unlicensed Chinese company and Sanchez’ unrealistic financial recovery plans amongst other gripes. Full Story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/04/09/400000-tune-into-online-youtube-demonstration-calling-for-the-resignation-of-spains-president/


The Head of the EU Scientific Committee resigns due to the lack of coordination with regards to the global Covid-19 pandemic: Mauro Ferrari, director of the EU scientific committee, has resigned due to the lack of coordination in response to the coronavirus and says he has “lost faith in the system. I am extremely disappointed with the European response to Covid-19,” announced Ferrari, director of the European Research Council (ERC), upon submitting his resignation. “I came to the ERC as a fervent defender of the European Union, the Covid-19 crisis has completely changed my point of view,” he said.
Ferrari pointed out in his statement that he arrived at the ERC with enthusiasm “for the great reputation of this world-leading funding agency” and for its “commitment to the idealistic dream of a united Europe. Those idealistic motivations were crushed by a very different reality during the brief three months since I took office,” says the researcher.
Ferrari, who admits to having “met many excellent and committed people” in the ERC and the Commission but points out that he simply has “lost faith in the system.”
References: https://apnews.com/3c0de4bf81c4daecbf881a4b254edec3


Google Cloud Suffers “Infrastructure Outage”: Several internet platforms have been hit with reports of outages Wednesday, as users reported email and message delivery delays as well as difficulty accessing Gmail, Google Cloud, Google Classroom, Pinterest and Snapchat according to Downdetector.com. Source: https://downdetector.com/status/google/


UK’s Johnson in ICU with coronavirus, condition improving: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavirus but is improving and sitting up in bed, a senior government minister said Wednesday. Full story: https://apnews.com/81c71cdcea7e16e837dca3240bd7a976


Bernie Sanders Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Race for U.S. President: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday, concluding a quest for the White House that began five years ago in relative obscurity but ultimately elevated him as a champion of the working class, a standard-bearer of American liberalism and the leader of a self-styled political revolution.
Mr. Sanders’s exit from the race establishes former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the presumptive nominee to challenge President Trump, and leaves the progressive movement without a prominent voice in the 2020 race. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/us/politics/bernie-sanders-drops-out.html


Whatsapp to limit how many messages users forward: The messaging service said it wants to stop the spread of misinformation – or fake news – about coronavirus. Under the new changes, after one single message has been forwarded more than five times, people will only be able to forward it on one single chat at a time instead of five. Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52185443


Jet 2 have announced today their holiday packages and flights will resume June 17th


Spain’s labor advisers report that online Social Security applications do not work, ERTES, social contributions, etc: With the closure of the physical offices of Social Security, more than ever they need online tools such as Net, allow them to communicate online with the Administration to function correctly. According to advisers consulted by ABC-ES, this is not the case. These sources have ensured that these tools “Not working” this Wednesday. Translated by Google from: https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-asesores-laborales-denuncian-aplicaciones-online-seguridad-social-no-funcionan-202004081736_noticia.html?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fspainsnews.com%2Flabor-advisers-report-that-online-social-security-applications-do-not-work%2F


Recall: Popular heartburn drug Zantac has been recalled due to cancer risk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is telling consumers to stop taking any pills or liquid versions of ranitidine. “It’s important to note that there are no data available linking ranitidine to cancer in humans,” Harvard epidemiology professor Joshua Gagne says, “only data showing that some ranitidine products that have been tested contain NDMA.” This substance is classified as a possible carcinogen. Full story: https://www.popsci.com/story/health/zantac-cancer-recall/


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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
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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