DigameXtra No. 1845 Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 2021

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COVID-19 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.

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). (NOTE: CAB has not been updating their info this week, their most recent post when I searched for Covid info was Jan 10th. -Ed.)

For the new official Covid restrictions effective 00:01 Sunday, Jan. 17th, see the News and COVID Info Reference in the News Section in last Sunday’s issue of DigameXtra at this link https://digamextra.com/2021/01/17/digamextra-no-1843-sunday-jan-17th-2021/.

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here (in Spanish but simple to use, just hover your pointer, or tap, on your town, use mouse wheel to zoom in & out). https://www.mapacovid.es/


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La Casa Hotel and Restaurant:
We are closed until Monday 1st February.
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Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga, España
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For Sale: Small Rotovator. Not used for 3 years so will need a service. 100€. Wes, Torrox. 658164021 PHOTO:GenergyCorp


Wanted: Leg Press. Vetiver Spain is looking for a leg press that is the sled type similar to the one in the photo with or without weights.
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Wanted: Microwave wanted urgently please. An elderly gentleman I am assisting urgently needs a microwave. He is very poorly.
At the moment, and friends are looking after him, but he’s finding eating difficult. They are trying to tempt him with small portions of soft food, but need a Microwave, as his has broken down. Can you help please? Can you donate one, or provide one for a very reasonable price. Torrox Costa area.
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Entertainment with security covid distance: Hello. Some friends and me are seeing that the options of entertainment will be more reduced not just by the government rules, the fact is that sometimes in some activities is not possible to keep the distance or after 2 drinks you relax too much. We are bored of doing the same things day after day and after we consider different options we came to the conclusion that badminton is a good game to enjoy it with security and at the same time socialize. For this reason we encorauge you and your partner if you have it, to join us. You don’t need to be fit, know the game or have to bring the equipment. We will play in Torrox coast. We will meet maximum 4 persons each time. In this moment we are 44, 48 & 56 years old but all ages are welcome. I will create a calendar for everybody to play. Contact Marison Tel./ 658.569. 7oo
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News & Articles

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Andalusia will update on Monday and Thursday the rate in municipalities to impose restrictions: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 18/01/2021 14:11
-The provincial committees will meet every Monday and every Thursday to assess the situation of the municipalities. These committees will decide which municipalities are closed perimeter (those that have more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or grade 1) and in which municipalities the closure of all non-essential activities is ordered (those that have more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or grade 2) .
-The measures will come into force at 00:01 every Wednesday and 00:01 every Saturday. If a municipality drops below 1,000 or 500 cases, the measures may be relaxed, provided that 14 days have elapsed since they were applied.
-If a municipality goes from more than 500 to more than 1,000 cases, it can go from grade 1 to grade 2, even if 14 days have not elapsed. In these cases, the period of 14 days will begin to count again from the day that grade 2 entered into force.
-The measures will be in force for at least 14 days, even if the incidence rate drops
-This roadmap of the Board has been announced by the Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Junta de Andalucía, Elías Bendodo in Antequera. Bendodo has indicated that this Monday those municipalities that exceed 500 or 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be known.
-In this way, for the data updated on the corresponding Monday, the measures will come into effect at 00:01 on Wednesday, and in the case of those updated on Thursday they will do so on Saturday at 00:01, explained the Andalusian counselor, who has added that the decision is that these measures are maintained for 14 days “to slow down the speed of the curve.”
-There will be no automatic changes. Each territorial Health Committee must analyze the rates and publish in BOJA a resolution on changes in the level of municipalities that exceed the 14-day incidence rate of 500 or 1,000 infections; that is, there are no automatic changes.
-Asked if a total closure of all commercial activity is being considered, Bendodo has clarified that they are doing “precision surgery” with the measures that the Junta de Andalucía has in hand, adding that they have to combine ” the fight against the third wave with maintain economic activity and employment ” . “In this balance we move on a daily basis, obviously we do not want more damage to the economy or employment,” he said.
Bendodo has also alluded to the exception of mobility so that you can go to Sierra Nevada , emphasizing that it is “saving the economy as much as possible”: “It is not just going skiing, it has a very powerful activity in its environment, it generates 500 million euros per year.” At this point, the Andalusian counselor of the Presidency has argued that there “the rules of mobility, capacity and hours also apply. We are working on balancing the fight against the third wave and doing as little damage as possible to the economy.
He added that mobility between provinces is allowed for sports with exceptions and has also set an example for the control of invasive species from the hunting point of view. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-actualizara-lunes-y-jueves-tasa-municipios-para-imponer-restricciones-202101181351_noticia.html


UPDATED 18Jan21 15:39-  Rising figures put more towns on Malaga’s COVID-19 restriction lists: {I didn’t see a Spanish source to confirm this info for new towns on the lists, this is a “pre-announcement news tip” from EWN, I will confirm tomorrow. -Ed}
-Malaga city and seven towns in the province will join the list of places which have exceeded the rate of 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants which is the limit set by the Junta de Andalucía for border confinement.
-While it still has to be officially announced and published by the Official Regional Gazette (BOJA), the towns which have been added to the list of those from which you will only be allowed to leave or enter for essential reasons which include caring for a dependant person, health appointments and professional, business or legal obligations are: Malaga, Benalmadena, Rincon de la Victoria, Mijas, Fuengirola, Estepona, Cartama and Marbella.
-These restrictions will come into effect at 0.00h of Wednesday (that is, midnight from Tuesday into Wednesday) and will last at least 14 days.
-The Junta de Andalucia has announced that it will update data regarding the infection rates on Mondays (the changes will come into effect at from midnight of Tuesday into Wednesday) and Thursdays (coming into effect from midnight of Friday into Saturday).
-Meanwhile, towns which are in lockdown due to the rate of 1,000 or more infections per 100,000 inhabitants, have also added another seven names to the list, which are Farajan, Moclinejo, Alora, Cañete la Real, Alcaucin, Velez-Malaga and Alfarnate. These towns not only have border confinement, but all but essential businesses must remain closed.
-The full list of towns with border confinement from 00.01h of Wednesday will be:
Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Villanueva del Rosario, Moclinejo, Gaucín, Alora, Farajan, Sayalonga, Comares, Velez-Malaga, Genalguacil, Ronda, Algarrobo, Mollina, Cañete la Real, Benarraba, Manilva, Alhaurin de la Torre, Canillas de Albaida, Villanueva del Trabuco, Arenas, Tolox, Carratraca and Campillos, where restrictions are already in place. Plus Benalmadena, Rincon de la Victoria, Malaga, Mijas, Fuengirola, Estepona, Cartama and Marbella.
-The full list of towns with border confinement AND lockdown and closure of all non-essential businesses as of 00.01h of Wednesday will be:
Teba, Almargen, Monda, Alameda, Salares, Ardales, Igualeja, El Borge, Benamocarra, Cartajima, Coin, Alfarnatejo, Alhaurin el Grande and Algatocin, where restrictions are already in place. Plus Farajan, Moclinejo, Alora, Cañete la Real, Alcaucin, Velez-Malaga and Alfarnate.
For more information visit: www.mapacovid.es
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/18/rising-figures-put-more-towns-on-malagas-covid-19-restriction-lists/


Covid 19- Municipal borders to close in Malaga city and eight major Costa del Sol towns: Malaga city and seven other large towns in the province have, this Monday, exceeded the rate of 500 infections per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, the limit set by the Junta de Andalucía forcing the closures of their perimeters and a ban on travel into and out of them.
It will only be possible to enter or leave the municipalities of Malaga city, Benalmádena, Rincón de Victoria, Mijas, Fuengirola, Estepona, Cártama and Marbella for “justified reasons” which include caring for a dependant person, health appointments and professional, business or legal obligations.
The new ban will come into force as soon as the change is published in the BOJA, the regional government’s official gazette.
Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202101/18/covid-perimeter-confinement-malaga-20210118130200.html


Covid 19- Junta to mass screen 49 towns in Andalucía in ‘the next few days’: The dates will be announced shortly and people invited to participate in the voluntarily tests will receive a text message notification with information about where they will be performed and the times of the sessions.
In Malaga province, they will take place in Almargen, Cañete la Real, Mollina, Villanueva del Rosario, Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Arenas, Benamocarra, Canillas de Albaida, Comares, Sayalonga, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alora, Ardales, Marbella and Cartajima.
In Granada tests will be carried out in Moclín and Padul, while in Jaén these screenings will take place in Villatorres, Valdepeñas de Jaén, Los Villares, Baeza, Arroyo del Ojanco, Torres and Segura de la Sierra. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202101/18/covid-junta-mass-screen-20210118092810.html


The Government announces that families will be able to request mortgage moratoriums again until March: The Government will resume until March the legal moratoriums on mortgages and consumer loans. This was announced by the Vice President of Economic Affairs, Nadia calviño , before today’s Eurogroup meeting. With this measure, families, under certain assumptions, may request the suspension of payments of these two types of credits until the end of the first quarter.
This was part of the so-called “social shield” of the Executive, but the possibility of requesting it declined at the end of last September. The duration of that moratorium for each applicant was one legal term of three months , with which it is expected that on this occasion the period of extension of the suspension of payment will also be the same amount of time. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-government-announces-that-families-will-be-able-to-request-mortgage-moratoriums-again-until-march/


Torre del Mar reopens central parking after ‘comprehensive’ remodelling: The Deputy Mayor of Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, stressed that it is “a central area in which we have carried out various actions that have valued all its surroundings. Among them, the construction of the new library, remodeling of Duque de Ahumada street, Babor street and now this parking lot ”. Full article:


EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary: The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination certificates to help reopen tourism across the 27-nation bloc. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/international-news-travel-europe-coronavirus-pandemic-greece-2c0d217e9f48631719df6005a05d65de


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COVID Info Reference from Recent Articles

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here (in Spanish but simple to use, just hover your pointer, or tap, on your town, use mouse wheel to zoom in & out). https://www.mapacovid.es/

The 35 Malaga municipalities which will have their borders shut from Sunday: (Updated 16 January 2021, 19:47) Travel into and out of municipalities with a Covid-19 incidence rate above 500 per 100,000 people will not be permitted under new rules brought in by the Andalusian government.
-Malaga province, the towns set to be affected are: Alameda, Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Algatocín, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Almargen, Álora, Ardales, Arenas, Benamocarra, Benarrabá, Canillas de Albaida, Cartajima, Cañete la Real, Comares, Coín, El Borge, Faraján, Gaucín, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Manilva, Moclinejo, Mollina, Monda, Ronda, Salares, Sayalonga, Teba, Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco and Vélez-Málaga.
Of these Alameda, Alfarnatejo, Algatocín, Alhaurín el Grande, Almargen, Ardales, Benamocarra,Cartajima, Coín, El Borge, Igualeja, Monda, Salares and Teba all have incidence rates above 1,000 per 100,000. Here all non-essential activity will be prohibited, with bars, restaurants and shops set to close.
-Travel into and out of these towns will only be allowed for justified reasons which include caring for a dependant person, health appointments and professional, business or legal obligations.
Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map (in Spanish) here. https://www.mapacovid.es/
Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202101/15/malaga-municipalities-which-will-20210115212713.html


The 91 municipalities of Andalusia completely closed due to their high rate of coronavirus: {Full article, translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 15/01/2021 22:48
Almeria: Albox, Alhama, Antas, Arboleas, Carboneras, Cóbdar, Chirivel, Fiñana, Gádor, Los Gallardos, María, Mojácar, Oria, Partaloa, Sorbas, Taberno, Vélez-Blanco and Vélez-Rubio.
Cádiz: Castellar de la Frontera, La Línea de la Concepción, San José del V., San Roque and Trebujena.
Córdoba: Añora, Belalcázar, Benamejí, Dos Torres, El Carpio, El Guijo, Fuente la Lancha, La Grajuela, PEñarroya, Pozoblanco, Rute and Valsequillo.
Granada: Alamedilla, Alarinejo, Beas de Granada, Benalúa, Calicasas, Capileira, Cogollos, Fornes, Huélago, Moclín, Montillana, Padul, Pórtugos, Sorvilán, Torre-Catrdela and Ventas de Huelma.
Huelva: Castaño, Encinasola, Isla Cristina, Villalba del Alcor and Villanueva de las C.
Jaén: Arroyo del O, Baeza, Baños de la E., Campillo de la A., Castellar, Cazalilla, Guarromán, Hornos, Jódar, Los Villares, Navas de San Juan, Orecena, Torredelcampo and Villatorres.
Málaga: Alameda, Alfartanejo, Algatocín, Alhaurín el Grande, Almargen, Ardales, Benamocarra, Cartajima, Coín, El Borge, Igualeja, Monda, Sales and Teba.
Sevilla: Algámitas, El Algarrobo, El Palmar de Troya, Gilena, Las Cabezas de San Juan, La Puebla de Cazalla and Pruna.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-91-municipios-andalucia-cerrados-completo-alta-tasa-coronavirus-202101152207_noticia.html


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Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
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