DigameXtra No. 1853 Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 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.

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

Up-to-date Covid restriction 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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Most of Andalucia’s towns, including TORROX are now in Level 4, Grade 1 municipal perimeter restrictions. See today’s news section for details.

Level 4 = Province restriction ; Level 4 Grade 1 = Municipal restriction ; Level 4 Grade 2 = Municipal restriction plus non-essential services shut.


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Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, no job too small or too big as I have others to call on if required, from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
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Funerals are no easy task. There are numerous considerations to factor in, including logistics, food and drink, casket purchase and burial grounds. A loved one’s death brings immense emotional strain to any family, and the question of financing and arrangements only exacerbates the stress.
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Vetiver Spain is located in Sayalonga.
We have 2 new videos showing an experiment planting Vetiver in a tall Ornamental pot showing the results of the root growth after about 8 months.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/g1WRvjE6oAk
Part 2: https://youtu.be/HNviq7XdRM4
These short videos show you the incredible root system of Vetiver is and why it is so beneficial to fighting erosion and preserving top soil.
Want more videos? Please go to our YouTube video page.
We also have Lemon Grass and Moringa Seedlings available now.
Please contact us for more information. Visits are by appointment.
Phone or WhatsApp for David: (34) 692 288 657
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Website: www.vetiverspain.com


Wanted: Orange Repsol empty gas bottle.
Angie, Torrox Costa
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Earthquake: Did we feel and earthquake at 22.38 last night?
Tom, Alcaucin, tom22hol@gmail.com
( Yes, it was a 4.4 earthquake in Atarfe, Spain. see:
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/?currentFeatureId=us7000d3it&extent=-85.67541,-330.46875&extent=85.67541,324.84375&listOnlyShown=true&timeZone=utc -Ed.)


News & Articles

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The BOJA publishes the NEW municipalities with perimeter closure in Andalusia (Level 4, Grade 1) for Wednesday, January 27: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 26/01/2021 16: 21
-The Andalusian Government has published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía (BOJA) the new list of municipalities that, after exceeding the barrier of 500 cases of Covid-19 per hundred thousand inhabitants of the incidence rate of the coronairus pandemic , their mobility will be limited. In these localities, as determined by the Andalusian administration to stop the contagion of Covid-19 in this third wave of the health crisis.
-In this way, these municipalities will be closed on the perimeter and only allowed to enter and leave them under special conditions justified.
Thus, the new localities that are confined perimeter are:
Almeria province: Bacares, Bentarique, Tíjola, Vícar and Zurgena.
-Cadiz province: Alcalá de los Gazules, Medina Sidonia, Benaocaz, Bornos, Grazalema and Algar.
-Province of Cordoba: Almedinilla, La Carlota, Castro del Río, Doña Mencía, Guadalcázar, Montemayor, Montilla, Palenciana, Pedroche, Posadas, Torrecampo, Villafranca de Córdoba, Villaharta, La Victoria and Zuheros.
-Granada province: Albolote, Alicún de Ortega, Almuñécar, Atarfe, Benamaurel, Cájar, Caniles, Cijuela, Cúllar Vega, Escúzar, Huéscar, Huétor Tájar, Jayena, Jun, Lecrín, Monachil, Montefrío, Motril, Nigüelas, Puebla de Don Fadrique, Soportújar, Trevélez , Válor, Villanueva de las Torres, Víznar, Zafarraya, Valle del Zalabí, Vegas del Genil, Cuevas del Campo and Zagra.
-Province of Huelva: Higuera de la Sierra, Manzanilla, Cabezas Rubias, Moguer, Rociana del Condado, Escacena del Campo, Bollullos Par del Condado, Nerva and Villablanca.
-Province of Jaén: Aldeaquemada, Arquillos, Jimena, Mancha Real, Martos, Peal de Becerro and Torredonjimeno.
-Malaga province: Almáchar, Antequera, Villanueva de la Concepción, Cuevas de San Marcos, Archez, Riogordo, Torrox, Yunquera, Pizarra, Ojén, Casares, Totalán and Montejaque.
-Seville province: Beds, Coria del Río, Gelves, Gines, Isla Mayor, La Puebla del Río, Tomares, Seville, Herrera, Pedrera, Villanueva de San Juan, Almadén de la Plata, Gerena, Mairena del Alcor, Villaverde del Río, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Morón, Lebrija, Los Molares and El Ronquillo. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-boja-publica-nuevos-municipios-cierre-perimetral-andalucia-desde-miercoles-27-enero-202101260954_noticia.html?


What happens in the municipalities of Andalusia that have a closure of non-essential activity (Level 4, Grade 2) ?: We have been thru a period of closure of non-essential activity before, so most readers will be familiar with this already. This article contains the full info, but is very long and in Spanish, however some readers may want to consult it. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-esta-permitido-hacer-municipios-andalucia-tienen-cierre-actividad-no-esencial-202101252321_noticia.html


Spain Extends UK Arrivals Ban Till Mid February: Spain on Tuesday extended a ban on arrivals from Britain by sea or air until mid-February given persistent “uncertainties” over the new virus strain discovered there last year. Only those with Spanish nationality or resident in Spain will be allowed in, a government statement said, indicating the same rules would be in place for the microstate of Andorra. Full article: https://www.barrons.com/news/spain-extends-uk-arrivals-ban-till-mid-february-01611673205


Light magnitude 4.2 quake hits 11 km southwest of Granada, Spain late at night: IGN reported a magnitude 4.2 quake in Spain near Granada, Andalusia. The earthquake hit late at night on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 10:54 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 5 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.0. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.2.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Santafé (pop. 15,400) located 4 km from the epicenter, Armilla (pop. 21,400) 9 km away, Atarfe (pop. 15,400) 9 km away, Maracena (pop. 20,800) 10 km away, Albolote (pop. 17,100) 11 km away, and Granada (pop. 234,300) 11 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking. (Granada has had at least 3 other smaller earthquakes and some aftershocks in the past 2 days. -Ed.)
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Jaén (pop. 116,600) located 69 km from the epicenter, and Malaga (pop. 568,300) 78 km away. Road photo:EWN. Full article: https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquake/news/120224/Light-magnitude-42-quake-hits-11-km-southwest-of-Granada-Spain-late-at-night-.html


Antiviral drug made in Spain is 100 times more potent than current coronavirus treatment: A new study published in ‘Science’ has found that plitidepsin is more effective at stopping the virus from spreading than remdesivir. The Madrid-based company PharmaMar developed the pharmaceutical, which is sold under the name Aplidina, to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma. The drug, however, has only been approved in Australia. Full article:


Home internet down for thousands of Yoigo, Pepephone and MásMóvil users across Spain: Companies of the MásMóvil group (Yoigo, Pepephone and MásMóvil itself) have today suffered a major service outage throughout Spain, which has left thousands of people without home internet service.
Tuesday at 3.10pm MásMóvil tweeted, that “the service was working and being restored” before apologising for the inconvenience. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202101/26/home-internet-down-thousands-20210126174158.html


Mercadona will no longer provide plastic bags to customers: This comes as part of its 6.25 Strategy, and means that compostable bags made using potato starch will be available for purchases in all store sections. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/27/mercadona-will-no-longer-provide-plastic-bags-to-customers/


Police and volunteers search for a missing 76-year-old man in Malaga: The missing person is Boris Pareja and he was reported missing at 4pm. Neighbours last saw Boris waiting at a bus stop at around 7.20am, when he was going to the city centre to make a cash withdrawal from his usual bank. Boris is described as being around 85 kilograms in weight and 1.70 metres tall. Call 642 650 775 if you have info to report. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202101/26/police-volunteers-search-missing-20210126114441.html


iPhone News- The iOS 14.4 update is here, your iPhone’s camera and Bluetooth will get some sweet upgrades: Apple has released the new iOS 14.4 update on Tuesday. It’s not as significant as the iOS 14.3 update, but iOS 14.4 comes with improvements that iPhone and iPad users will appreciate, including camera app tweaks and Bluetooth advancements.
The iOS 14.4 update has increased the iPhone and iPad’s ability to “read” smaller QR codes, boosting the camera app’s QR code recognition.
Another update users will appreciate is the camera app’s ability to identify foreign components. In other words, if you get any of the iPhone 12 models repaired, and the repair technician uses non-Apple components to fix the camera (or parts repurposed from another iPhone 12 variant), you will receive a notification that says the device is “unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera.” Full article: https://www.laptopmag.com/news/the-ios-144-update-is-here-your-iphones-camera-and-bluetooth-will-get-some-sweet-upgrades


EU citizens offered financial incentives to leave UK: From 1 January EU citizens have quietly been added to the government’s voluntary returns scheme where financial support is offered as an encouragement to return to their country of origin.
Payments can include flights and up to £2,000 resettlement money. The scheme is designed to help some migrants in the UK to leave voluntarily.
People working to help vulnerable EU citizens in the UK said the offer of money to return home contradicted the government’s claim that it was doing everything it could to encourage people to register for settled status. The deadline for Europeans living in the UK to apply for the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) is 30 June. Full article:

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

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/

For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

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Puppies need home: We are looking for good loving homes for 4 beautiful, well fed, nurtured puppies all boys.They will be medium size dogs. They will be ready to leave mum in 2 weeks. Mum dog is a good caring mother. For more Information contact Bridget 636624736 or Gail on 626370695 Sayalonga

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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
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