DigameXtra No. 1617 Saturday, May 2nd 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

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 & POORLY RESEARCHED NEWS ARTICLES !

 

What’s On

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Take A Virtual Tour: If you have never taken a virtual tour you should try this out. Use the arrow wheel in the upper left of the video to move the view up, down, left or right. We are going to see this virtual tour and 360° format more in the future, you may as well get the hang of it now. Practice panning left to right, and up to down as the tour progresses. No more passive viewing, this is the interactive video experience! Be sure to change the quality setting to HD in the media player toolbar Settings (gear symbol) for the best viewing.

 

The virtual Feria de los Pueblos is under way: The coronavirus lockdown is no excuse to miss out on the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos in Fuengirola this year. The virtual edition of the fair is already under way on the FIP Fuengirola en Casa Facebook page, where the 33 participating countries will be sharing, until Sunday 3 May, themed content related to their country’s gastronomy, crafts or folklore. Article and links at: http://www.surinenglish.com/what-to-do/202004/30/virtual-feria-pueblos-under-20200430205433.html

 

Services Wanted/Offered

Check the DigameXtra Sponsor’s list whenever you need a service.
Service Providers, send me your Youtube video link and I will put the video of your service in action here below your posts!
Landlords, tell your renters about DigameXtra, where they can get overnight answers to questions about local stuff without having to call you!

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.

 

Tony Roam Removals Departure and Arrival Dates:
Celebrating 15 years Removals To & Fro Spain / UK Spain.
Scheduled and unscheduled all year every month on time.
We also offer a door to door at dates and times you choose.
Next Scheduled Trip Leaving UK 26th May Arrive Torrox 28th May.
Next Scheduled Trip Leaving Spain 8th June Arrive UK 10th June.
Removals & light haulage company that have scheduled and dedicated trips all year from UK to Torrox and back at Scheduled approximately the same time every month.
Full or part loads undertaken.
Full loads 20 cubic meters up to 2.5 tonne.
Full insurance with British Insurance Company.Evidence of insurance can be supplied by email on request. Hard Copies always carried on the vans.
We live just behind Torrox Pueblo in Spain and South Wales in UK and have vans going back and forth UK to Spain to UK by way of Santander / Portsmouth / Plymouth Ferry.
Also if you have small or large items that you might like to purchase off internet sites ie Amazon, furniture world, eBay etc. and have them delivered to our depot in the Uk collection or delivery can then be made here around Torrox area.
For more information and prices please visit our website www.euroam.co.uk
email ; tonyroam@btconnect.com or email ; euroam@btconnect.com
Tel Spain 0034636393542 – UK 00447973362003.
Face book Tony Roam – WhatsApp Either Number

 

English Nurse Care Team:
Personal Home Care and Nurse Support
Trained, Police Checked and Fully insured Home Care Support Team.
From “ a bit of shopping …to 24 hour care “
From supported trips to END OF LIFE.
We add quality to life with one to one support.
Care at home.
– Nurse Supported –
– A realistic option to Residential Care –
Tel 951 550 581 or 692 419 548
englishnurse@rocketmail.com
Colegio Oficial Enfermeria Malaga Reg. 17425

 

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.
Your request is a sacred trust and is kept confidential.
Prayer changes everything, take a step today and ask God to step in.
Submit a prayer request today and a team of people will commit to pray with you.
Prayer Request: ftk.prayer.request@gmail.com
Facebook: https://fb.me/FOJCTK
Free App: https://www.bible.com/app

 

DIGAMEXTRA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT !!! 

It's business as usual on the Internet, and Internet services bills must still be paid! There is no sponsor income during the lockdown. From the beginning of lockdown I put all sponsor accounts on hold until they can operate again. So, businesses and readers, please consider making a donation or becoming a DigameXtra Sponsor to help pay the production expenses and WordPress bills. Email for sponsorship info. You can join the Sponsor list and be rewarded with extra posting privileges. Donations of cash or your old but working computers, tablets or smartphones graciously accepted. You may drop these off at the DigameXtra office in Torrox Costa, but please call before coming over, 675 993 069. Or I can meet you at the Torrox Costa Lidl or Aldi or tobacco shop near the bus station if that makes it easier for you. Another possibility is to buy Amazon gift cards online and have them emailed to me at the submission email address. You can send these from Amazon ES or Amazon UK. Sorry, no bank or Paypal. Donations are not tax deductable. Thank you.

Donations: Big THANKS to B.F. from Competa for the generous donation.

 

Restaurant & Market Deliveries and Open Services

If your business is allowed to operate during the lockdown, send in your details for inclusion to let Readers know. 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.
https://www.facebook.com/baratilapuentedonmanuel/
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. Click menu below to view full size.

 

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:
https://www.mesonmudejar.com/online-ordering
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:  Food Delivery in Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox area. Menu changes Thursdays. Click here to visit our FB page with updated menus, FB link
Pre-order with Natalia on 675861719 via WhatsApp or by calling.
Los Huertos 54, 29780 Nerja

 

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,
Dentadanes
Nete Larsen, Colegio de dentistas de Málaga No. 29002158

 

Delivery Service Website- With 200 Listings of Businesses Serving Benajarafe to Marbella: The site is a combination of English and Spanish, very easy to use. Includes a map, and a search function to locate the nearest biz offering a specified service.
https://comerciosdemalaga.es/

 

Mandy’s Paintbox: I am a painter and decorator inside and outside i paint and spray furniture , doors and kitchen units also i am Legal and papered with permission to return to work. I cover most area from la herradura to velez malaga. I live in frigiliana. Mandy.
my email amandajosiah@hotmail.com
telephone 680739577 whatsapp the same number

 

LOYPAR is now providing home deliveries:
Thanks to Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga for this info!
Wholesaler LOYPAR is located in the Velez Malaga “Poligonos Industriales.”
They carry everything including liquor. LOYPAR is now providing home deliveries.
You can find their website at www.Loypar.com. They have a great website and they are adding more products every day including fresh produce.
Antonio Lopez can be contacted at pedidos AT lopezpardo DOT com or WhatsApp at 34 697 210 813. He speaks perfect English. He is very responsive and helpful.
Tell him David and Anna from Vetiver Spain referred you.
David y Anna ; Info at vetiverspain dot com
www.vetiverspain.com ;  (34) 692 288 657

 

Bakers Bar Home Deliveries: Running from Thursday to Sunday from 530PM until 10PM. Playa Burriana, Nerja
952526880 OR Whatsapp 626268958

 

Phone Number Updated- Potters Bar & Terrace, Nerja: Home delivery.
Due to popular demand we have increased our deliveries to 4 days per week. Available to take orders throughout the week, by contacting 685435767

 

Cooltec Services: Open to work on unoccupied buildings only. We have been on the Costa for 13 years, installing air conditioning to cool and heat your home. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
City and Guilds trained with over 35 years experience.
Our range of services include-
Installations of air conditioning, breakdowns and servicing.
Solar hot water
Swimming pool heat pumps
Heat pump boilers
Visit our Facebook page to read our reviews https://www.facebook.com/cooltecairconditioning/
Call us on 663728798

 

Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

Click on pics to enlarge

Wanted: A small fridge/freezer that is used in campers, for solar or gas power, that is in good working condition.
You can call to 643122934 or whatsapp , thank you Mari, Nerja.

 

Recommendations & Requests

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE LOCATION (nearest town) OF THE SENDER. I will not publish them without it, I will simply return it for correction.

Endesa 15% discount Problems: Gerry from Cajiz, and several other readers have been kind enough to email me with how to register for this. Three of us still finding the steps Gerry lists not working.
Problem is that the drop-down Category box doesn’t contain the Campaign option, or anything like it, so cannot get further.
Have tried coming at it with various search engines, and also clearing PC cache/history in case a previous page was coming back. Still no joy.
Chris, Sayalonga, steviegregory01 AT hotmail DoT com

 

News & Articles

(Click the link to read the full article)

Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -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- May 02, 2020, 01:51 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 3,400,674 , up from 3,301,792
Total Deaths: 239,586 , up from 233,729

 

Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 02, 2020, 02:03 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 242,988 , up from 239,639
Total Deaths: 24,824 , up from 24,543

 

Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- Friday 01-05-2020 at 14.49
https://www.andalucia.com/health/coronavirus
There have been a13.946 positive tests in Andalucia, up 258 on day before. Within this number at least 1.785 people had tested positive to Coronavirus antibodies but did not have any symptoms at the time of the test. Ministry of Sanidad in Madrid only states there are 12.161 confirmed cases in Andalucia, and on 26-04-2020 stopped publishing the data to calculate the higher figure. However the Junta de Andalucia Salud still publishes its figure a few hours later
There have been 1.1238 deaths in Andalucia, 31 more than the day before. We have stopped reporting cured cases as it turns out ‘curados’ meant ‘discharged from hospital’ in both Ministerio de Sanidad and Junta de Andalucia Salud statistics and not cured. Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia are 5.936, 62 new admissions in the day. Confirmed cases that required hospital intensive care in Andalucia number 729, 8 new admissions in the day.

 

Costa del Sol Coronavirus: Last Updated- evening of 30-04-2020
https://www.andalucia.com/health/coronavirus
The Costa del Sol (health district) had recorded 695 confirmed cases (39 Thursday, 54 Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 Monday, 2 Sunday, 3 Saturday, 16 Friday, 10 on Thursday), 39 deaths (1 Wednesday of Thursday, 1 on Thursday 23rd, none Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 19th , 2 on Saturday 18th).

 

Malaga Province Coronavirus: Last Updated- 13.00, 01 May 2020
https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-13946-casos-positivos-coronavirus-andalucia-202005011557_noticia.html
Total Cases: 3,324 , up from 3,248
Total Deaths: 259 , up from 254

 

UK Coronavirus: Last Updated- May 02, 2020, 02:03 GMT
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/
Total Coronavirus Cases: 177,454 , up from 171,253
Total Deaths: 27,510 , up from 26,771
No updated graphs today.

 

From Citizen’s Advice Bureau- De-escalation Situation As Of May 2nd 2020:
Updated 1.5.2020 with information from the Press Release Moncloa website and publication ministerial order in the State Gazette. Info for Outings as of Saturday, the 2nd of May during different time-slots. Read the detailed rules: https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-de-escalation-situation-as-of-may-2nd-2020/

 

Latest Update On New Outdoor Activity Rules: (01 May 2020 – 13:33 CEST)
It’s too long to post all of the info here as there are many details included. I suggest you visit the link provided and read the original.
https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-04-30/spain-allocates-time-slots-for-outdoor-activity.html
Here are the highlights.
-Thursday afternoon, Health Minister Salvador Illa said that starting at 6am on Saturday, adults may go out for individual exercise once a day, without making contact with third parties, and within their own municipality with no distance limit. All sports are allowed as long as they are practiced individually. But a Health Ministry order notes people may not use a motor vehicle or public transportation to travel to the spot where they want to exercise.
-People with symptoms of the coronavirus, those in quarantine, and residents of senior residences are not allowed out on public streets and spaces.
-Adults may go out on walks, either alone or with one other member of their household, as long as they remain within a one-kilometer radius of their home.
-Both walks and other exercises, such as running and cycling, must take place between 6am and 10am, or between 8pm and 11pm.
-As for outings with children, which have been allowed since Sunday of last week, these will now have to take place between 12pm and 7pm. The new rules will not allow for both parents to talk walks with their children.
-People who need to go out with a caregiver and seniors over 70 years of age have their own time slots of 10am to 12pm and 7pm to 8pm.
-Asked about the time limits for the new adult outings, the health minister only replied that an upcoming list of guidelines will clear up this issue and any others that might arise. The walks with children are still restricted to one hour a day, but Illa did not establish a clear time limit for adult activities despite queries from reporters. It was later confirmed that sporting activities such as running and cycling would not have the one-kilometer limit, but could not exceed the limits of each citizen’s municipality.
-Fernando Simón the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, said that it is compatible for parents to go out to exercise in the morning and later go for a walk in the afternoon with their children.
-With regard to dogs, the Health Ministry on Friday confirmed to the Spanish radio station Cadena SER that adults will be allowed to walk their pets in the allocated time slot for exercise, and to also take them with them when they go running. Dog walking will also be permitted when children are taking their trips out onto the street.
-People will be allowed to tend their plants in allotment and community gardens on a non-professional basis. This must be done individually, unless the person in question is accompanied by a dependant or a child.

 

Interactive map- How far can adults go for a walk under Spain’s relaxed confinement measures? : Look up your street address to find out what lies within a one-kilometer radius of your home, which is the limit set on walking trips. There is no distance restriction for exercise such as cycling or running, as long as citizens stay within the same municipality. Source: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-01/interactive-map-how-far-can-adults-go-for-a-walk-under-spains-relaxed-confinement-measures.html

 

Proposed Rules for the Next Phases: Today starts Phase 0, as detailed above. What IS PLANNED (not yet confirmed) to come next?
-Phase One – from 10 May
Phase One will allow the ‘initial reopening’ of small businesses, with ‘security measures’ and social distancing in place.
Restaurant terraces could be allowed to open at 30% capacity.
Hotels could also be allowed to reopen at 30% capacity, except for communal areas that will remain closed.
There will be preferential time slots given to elderly people across Spain for the use of such establishments.
Some libraries will be allowed to reopen, with areas of reduced space and capacity. Selected museums could also reopen – again with reduced capacity and visits organised by appointment only.
During Phase One, it is planned that places of worship will also be allowed to reopen at 30% capacity.
Professional sports leagues could also allow teams to commence ‘medium training’.
Cultural acts could be permitted in certain regions, in closed venues with a maximum capacity of 30 people during this Phase One. Cultural acts could also be permitted in outside venues for up to 200 people – yet only if seated and with social distancing measures in place.
Rural tourism (possibly forest walks and trekking) could also be permitted during this period, depending on the region, yet only with organised and limited groups.
The reactivation of film and TV productions could also take place during this phase, subject to security and health measures being applied.
From 10 May during Phase One – and always depending on the progress against the pandemic in each area across Spain – journeys to second residences could also be allowed providing that they are in the same province. If they are in a different province, trips will not be allowed until towards the end of June.
During Phase One, citizens will also be allowed to meet with friends or family in their homes in the same province, but precise details of how many people can meet and under what conditions will be announced at a later date.
To read the proposals for Phases 2 and 3 visit: https://www.spainenglish.com/2020/05/01/coronavirus-spain-1-may/

 

How and When Can I Travel by Car? The Rules For Travelling by Car After May 4 in Spain:
NOTE- NO OFFICIAL INFO SOURCE WAS INCLUDED IN THIS ARTICLE. I WILL CONFIRM THIS INFO WHEN I FIND AN OFFICIAL SOURCE. FOR NOW IT IS BEST TO TREAT IT AS “PENDING CONFIRMATION”. -Ed.
As relief measures from quarantine begin to be introduced, Spain is hoping to de-escalate into a new normality, and the first measures which have been announced by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, have clarified some questions regarding the use of private vehicles, but in other points this is not as clear.
Phase 0: From May 4 to 11
In this phase individuals can take the car by themselves for essential activities as they have before, and in addition they may now go to a restaurant in order to collect food, which was previously not allowed, and they may go to commercial premises if they have an appointment and the business has been allowed to reopen. Travelling in a private vehicle must be done individually unless there is an exceptional case or justifiable reason which otherwise supports this.
Read about the driving info for other coming Phases here: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/how-and-when-can-i-travel-by-car-the-rules-for-travelling-by-car-after-may-4-in-spain/

 

Ministry of Health in Spain Prohibits Taking Public Transport or Driving to Go Do Exercise But Will Accept Valid Justifications: This has been established by the department that Salvador Illa directs in Order SND / 380/2020, of April 30, which states the conditions in which non-professional physical activity can be carried out outdoors during the health crisis caused by Covid-19, which was published this Friday in the Official State Gazette (BOE). Source:
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/ministry-of-health-in-spain-prohibits-taking-public-transport-or-driving-to-go-do-exercise-but-will-accept-valid-justifications/

 

Spanish economy shrinks by fastest rate on record: The Spanish economy contracted by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, provisional figures by national statistics agency INE showed on Thursday, as a coronavirus lockdown imposed in mid-March paralysed businesses.
By comparison, Spain’s gross domestic product had expanded by 0.4 percent in the final quarter of 2019 due mainly to a strong export performance. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20200430/spanish-economy-shrinks-by-fastest-rate-on-record
More info: The economic managers of the Government, with Vice President Nadia Calviño at the forefront, predict a historic collapse of the economy in 2020, of 9.2%, as revealed by the Stability Plan that the Executive has sent to Brussels. This setback will be followed by a recovery of 6.8% in 2021, which means that in that year the economy has not yet recovered to its level. Source (Spanish): https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-espana-crisis-europa-y-recurrira-fondo-rescate-para-desempleo-202005012302_noticia.html

 

U.S. emergency approval broadens use of Gilead’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir: Data released this week from a trial by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States showed that remdesivir reduced hospitalization stays by 31% compared to a placebo treatment, but did not significantly improve survival. The FDA authorization only applies to patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 who require oxygen supplementation. Remdesivir was previously available only for patients enrolled in clinical trials or for patients cleared to get the drug under expanded use and compassionate use programs. Through Gilead’s trials, more than 181 hospital locations around the world, including hospitals in 27 U.S. states, have been administering the drug.
A draft study abstract released inadvertently by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week said remdesivir failed to improve patients’ condition or reduce the pathogen’s presence in the bloodstream. The drugmaker said the findings were inconclusive because the study was terminated early. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-fda/u-s-emergency-approval-broadens-use-of-gileads-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-idUSKBN22D69R

 

Early summer hot spell to hit Spain in time for sanctioned weekend walks: A mass of warm will sweep in from the west that will see much of Spain see temperatures above 25C reaching 36C in the Guadalquivir Valley. Rubén del Campo, the spokesman for Aemet said that after several months marked by persistent wet and rainy weather, the change will come with the start of May. But he warned people to be careful when they went outside for the first time in more than six weeks because they wouldn’t be used to the sun or high temperatures. “The sun burns even at midday,” he warned. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20200429/early-summer-heat-to-arrive-in-time-for-first-walks-outside-the-home

 

More than 80 towns and vilages in Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca will enjoy almost total deconfinement from tomorrow: Municipalities of less than 5,000 people, will have different rules to the rest of the province, according to the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, following demand from rural areas.
Residents of 83 towns and villages, out of 141, will not be limited to how many walks they take each day under the first stages of de-escalation of State of Alarm measures in Spain.
Most of them are concentrated in the Marina Alta, Marina Baixa, part of Alcoy and La Foia de Castalla and Vega Baja areas, where the rules are far more relaxed for strolls and individual physical activity. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/more-than-80-towns-and-vilages-in-alicante-on-spains-costa-blanca-will-enjoy-almost-total-deconfinement-from-tomorrow/

 

Wall Street tumbles as renewed tariff threat adds to uncertainties: All three major U.S. stock averages closed down well over 2%, and for the week they all lost ground. May is often marked by sell-offs, and on the month’s first day, with jitters on the rise as some U.S. states begin easing coronavirus shutdowns, the adage held true. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/wall-street-tumbles-as-renewed-tariff-threat-adds-to-uncertainties-idUSKBN22D58W

 

How Can These Rich Geniuses Be So Stupid?: Shares of Tesla Inc tumbled 9% on Friday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted that the electric carmaker’s high-flying stock was overly expensive. The subsequent share drop erased around $13 billion from Tesla’s market value and nearly $3 billion from the value of Musk’s stake. Reference: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-stocks-musk/tesla-tumbles-after-musk-tweets-stock-too-high-idUSKBN22D5V7

 

Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report: Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says. KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory, accompanied by several senior North Korean officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong. The latest reports from North Korean media could not be independently confirmed. Full article:
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This is what going to the cinema will be like during the “new normal”: The state federation of cinemas has prepared an action protocol to adapt the rooms to the reopening conditions -in the phase 2 of de-escalation, announced this Tuesday by the Spanish government.
Informative posters (in rooms and websites) will be placed indicating the sanitary measures to be followed and the physical distance to be respected. In this sense, the establishments will place distance indicators on the ground, film passes will be spaced and access times will be staggered. In addition, hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be distributed and the cleaning frequency will be increased.
As for the capacity control, the physical distance will be urged and ensured at all times and the public restriction will be established according to the capacity of each room to meet the third of the total required. The only exception will be with the people who live together, who will be able to attend together and at a shorter distance in the room, always keeping their distance respecting the rest of the spectators. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/this-is-what-going-to-the-cinema-will-be-like-during-the-new-normal/

 

Expats from Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca delighted with easyJet’s response to Covid-19 refund policy while Ryanair customers voice their discontent: Expats in Spain and British holidaymakers have been delighted with easyJet’s response, despite the difficult financial situation that all airlines are facing right now as a result of being grounded due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, many of Ryanair’s customers are not impressed with the change to its latest refund policy. Even consumer rights company Which? accused the airline of “trying to pressure people into taking vouchers instead of refunds.”
Ryanair customers have hit out at emails from the airline, encouraging them to take a voucher for the original value of their trip instead of a refund, which is valid for 12 months of future travel plans. If the voucher is not used before the expiry date, customers can apply for a refund, the company said. So, potentially customers face a wait of up to 12 months for a refund, and many are disappointed with Ryanair’s changed refund policy. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/expats-from-costa-del-sol-to-costa-blanca-delighted-with-easyjets-response-to-covid-19-refund-policy-while-ryanair-customers-voice-their-discontent/

 

Business over tapas may go down in the history books and be finished forever says businessman David Hammond as he sees a new world after lockdown: “When I visit clients and suppliers in Spain for example – the meetings are always over a small beer and a few dishes of tapas, and I see the death of business over tapas in the pending future along with many other traditional cultures, the world will certainly change after this crisis to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” Read more at: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/business-over-tapas-is-finished-across-spains-costa-del-sol-blanca-says-international-businessman/

 

Expats on Spain’s Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca Say The Government’s Timetable For Going Out Is Farcical: Read the story at: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/01/expats-on-spains-costa-del-sol-costa-blanca-say-the-governments-timetable-for-going-out-is-farcical/
(Note: The posters in the article do not appear genuine as they lack a source link and official gov’t watermark. I did not find it in the Official BOE site where gov’t bullitens are posted, https://www.boe.es/index.php . The poster may well be legit, however, healthy skepticism is suggested whenever you can’t verify any online documents. -Ed.)

 

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