DigameXtra No. 1635 Saturday, May 23rd 2020

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Please support your local cafes. They have opened their terraces so you can get a break from home lockdown. They have limited capacity to follow social distancing rules, and they need that limited space FULL of SPENDING CUSTOMERS! Now is not the time to linger for an hour over a cup of coffee. By Declaration Of The Grand Wazoo, St. Francis of Los Angles: American tipping is in effect, 15% + €1 per person minimum unless you are very displeased, more if everything was good and you plan on returning another time. -Ed.


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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.


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Note: Stats for Andalucia, Costa del Sol and Malaga may be reported with a delay of 24 to 48 hrs., or not at all some days. Also, there are differences in some stats from different sources due to some testing methods not being accepted by some data collectors, as well as some locations like Catalonia being left out of totals by some media outlets like El Pais.  -Ed.


World Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 22, 2020, 23:44 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 5,297,627 , up from 5,150,770
Total Deaths: 339,408 , up from 32,242


Spain Coronavirus Cases: Last updated- May 22, 2020, 23:49 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 281,904 , up from 280,117
Total Deaths: 28,628 , up from 27,940
Note that the official Spanish Gov’t numbers below for “total cases” are lower since they only recognize data from PCR+ testing.
Ministerio de Sanidad gets its numbers here
No update today.


Andalucia Coronavirus Cases: Last Updated- 22/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 17,078 , up from 17.025
Total Deaths: 1,377 , up from 1.375


Axarquia: Last updated- 22/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 208
Total Deaths: 16
No new cases or deaths.


Costa del Sol: Last updated- 22/05
Total Coronavirus Cases: 1,006 , up from 996
Total Deaths: 43, no new deaths


Malaga Province Coronavirus: Last updated- 22/05. Note: these numbers are for Malaga Province, do not confuse them with Malaga Metro Area statistics.
Total Coronavirus Cases: 4,386 , up from 4,327
Total Deaths: 281


UK Coronavirus: Last Updated- May 23, 2020, 00:05 GMT
Total Coronavirus Cases: 254,195 , up from 250,908
Total Deaths: 36,393 , up from 36,042


Covid-19 Statistic Reporting Confusion: If you are curious why different media outlets are providing different numbers please read this article that explains the situation. It involves various testing methods, as well as some locations being left out of the daily totals used by some sources. Full story:


Costa del Sol’s Malaga and Granada Held Back in Phase 1 Whilst the Rest of Andalucia Set to Enter Phase 2 of the De-Escalation Plan on Monday: The Ministry of Health has not authorised Costa del Sol’s Malaga or Granada to move onto Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan, as was hoped by the Junta de Andalucia, instead they must remain in Phase 1 for an additional week.
Cadiz, Huelva, Almeria, Jaen, Sevilla and Cordoba will all move onto Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan this next Monday, May 25.
The Junta de Andalucia did propose for all Andalucian provinces to enter at the same time, however, the central government has rejected this notion and maintained that the two provinces must remain in Phase 1 for another week. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/22/costa-del-sols-malaga-and-granada-held-back-in-phase-1-whilst-the-rest-of-andalucia-set-to-enter-phase-2-of-the-de-escalation-plan-on-monday/


Spanish PM, using back-room deals with nationalist opposition, manages enough support in Congress for fifth extension to state of alarm, with a slim 15 vote margin: The exceptional measures will now stay in place until June 7, with one last period expected to be voted on to cover the final weeks of the coronavirus deescalation phases. The extension received 177 votes in favor in the 350-seat Congress, but saw more votes in opposition than ever: 162. Voting NO were the main opposition Popular Party (PP), far-right Vox, the Catalan Republican Left (ERC), Together for Catalonia, Compromis, Foro Asturias and CUP. There were 11 abstensions. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-05-20/spanish-pm-finds-support-in-congress-for-fifth-extension-to-state-of-alarm.html


Sent home over Covid-19, laid-off workers still waiting for their checks in Spain: Delays in processing ERTE claims have left thousands of families in a precarious financial situation. Nearly half a million companies filed for ERTEs in response to the coronavirus lockdown, which forced the temporary closure of businesses across the country. While this measure brought relief to some workers, thousands more are still waiting for their unemployment benefits, spurring anger and resentment and questions of how payment priority is established. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-05-22/sent-home-over-covid-19-laid-off-workers-still-waiting-for-their-checks-in-spain.html


Protests grow in parliament and on the street over government’s pandemic handling: The state of alarm has been extended for another fortnight but more opposition parties have withdrawn their support for it. PM Pedro Sánchez failed to get majority support to extend the state of alarm for at least a further month this week. Negotiations with other parties ahead of Wednesday’s debate in Congreso didn’t secure him enough MPs’ votes. In the end, it was another two-week extension, until 7 June, that was presented to parliament for approval instead. Meanwhile, street protests have grown over the Socialist PSOE and Unidas Podemos coalition’s handling of the crisis, amid fears over the economic outlook.
Over the last week, the nightly action has spread from Madrid to street corners in other parts of the country, starting at 8pm, until now the time to applaud healthcare workers.
Protesting local residents have also gathered outside the Socialist party head office and the homes of some government members.
Residents took to the streets in Malaga and Marbella, among other places, on Thursday.
Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202005/21/protests-grow-parliament-street-20200521210506.html

A protest against the government in Malaga’s Calle Larios on Thursday evening. Photo:SUR/ SALVADOR SALAS


Parador Reopens Its Golf Courses on Costa del Sol’s Malaga and Costa Blanca’s Valencia: The famous luxury hotel and golf course chain, Parador, has just reopened two of its best golf courses in Costa Blanca’s Valencia and Costa del Sol’s Malaga after readjusting its protocols and establishing all the necessary hygiene and social distancing measures needed to protect both its players as well as its staff.
The Malaga golf course will reopen its doors to clients next Monday, May 25, and the El Saler golf course opened its doors to golfers last Monday on May 18.
Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/22/parador-re-opens-its-golf-courses-on-costa-del-sols-malaga-and-costa-blancas-valencia/


Police break up illegal campsites at popular Maro beauty spot: A boat had to be used to remove the vast amounts of rubbish which had accumulated and a number of street dogs were rescued. More than 20 local police and Guardia Civil officers were involved in an operation to dismantle 15 illegal campsites on Monday in different locations along Maro’s beach and three foreigners were denounced for camping illegally in the area, according to Nerja’s councillor for security, Francisco Arce. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202005/22/police-break-illegal-campsites-20200522102236-v.html


Local authorities make concessions to help local businesses: Some local councils, such as Malaga, Marbella, Vélez-Málaga and Nerja, among others, have said that they will authorise bars to occupy more space than usual if possible. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202005/22/local-authorities-make-concessions-20200522102212-v.html


Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes: The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. She earned $1.4 million more than American great Williams who had topped the list for the last four years.
Maria Sharapova had held the record for 12-month earnings for a female athlete, having made $29.7 million in 2015. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-osaka/osaka-becomes-worlds-highest-earning-female-athlete-idUSKBN22Y2D5

Photo:REUTERS/Edgar Su


UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from June 8: All international arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain/uk-to-introduce-quarantine-for-international-arrivals-from-june-8-idUSKBN22Y0S2


Swimming in community pools seems unfeasible: Property managers warn that owners lack the means to control that security measures are followed. Most communities of owners will not be able to comply with the conditions imposed by the state government for the use of swimming pools. The General Council of Colleges of Property Administrators of Spain (Cgcafe) has submitted a letter to the Ministry of Health after the publication last Saturday of the entry order to phase 2 of the de-escalation plan for the first territories that accessed them – La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa and Fomentera. The administrators consider that this order does not solve the pending questions that it has been exposing in different communications to the President of the Government and to those responsible for the competent ministries. Source (Spanish): https://www.laprovincia.es/sociedad/2020/05/22/nadar-piscinas-comunitarias-parece-inviable/1284790.html?utm_source=rss


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On their way to the church to get married, a young Catholic couple were involved in a fatal car accident.
Being good Catholics the young couple find themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven.
While waiting, they begin to wonder: could they possibly get married in Heaven?
When St. Peter finally showed up, they asked him.
St Peter said “I don’t know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out” and he leaves them sitting at the Gate.
After three months, St Peter finally returns, looking somewhat bedraggled. “Yes” he informs the couple ” I can get you married in Heaven”.
“Great!” said the couple “But we were just wondering, what if things don’t work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?”
“You must be bloody joking” says St. Peter, red-faced with frustration, slamming his clipboard on the ground.
“What’s wrong?” asked the frightened couple.
“OH, COME ON!” St. Peter shouted “It took me three months to find a priest up here….Do you have any idea how long it’ll take me to find a lawyer?”


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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
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Emergency Svcs.: 112
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Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
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