DigameXtra No. 1854 Thursday, Jan. 28th, 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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Sissy’s Bar- Torrox Costa: This German theme bar on the east side of BLQ 77 is now the Bloque 77 Bar. Drinks, snacks and small terrace.

 

Juan Luis Pascual Sanchez show: Saturday Jan 30 at Bio Beach Club, Paseo Marítimo Nª5 El Morche 29793 – (seafront) from 2:00 p.m. Reservations: 657 364 594
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“Lost” deliveries from the UK: Our experience may explain the problems to which Naythan has referred. A package including winter clothes that we had sent from the UK in December has been listed as “lost” by the booking agent and the carrier for the whole of January. “Customer services” encouraged us to accept that it was never going to be delivered and to make a claim against the included insurance, but this would be honoured only for new items where we could produce the purchase receipt. We escalated it and it was found that the box is in a depot in Koln, Germany – where it has been since its delivery to Spain was stopped. The UK Government requires that it, along with other items that were in transit in December, is returned to the UK but have provided no instructions to the couriers as to the customs and other requirements that will have to be met. So it along with thousands of other failed deliveries remains in limbo whilst we shiver. James, Archez jamesdotmcculloch10@gmaildotcom

 

News & Articles

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Moreno- ‘We do not have enough vaccines … we won’t even reach 14 per cent of the population before the summer’: The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has claimed this Wednesday that the region is not receiving enough doses to reach the vaccination goal of 70 per cent of the population by the summer.
Moreno said, during a visit to a children’s hospital in Seville, “We do not have enough vaccines and at this rate we will not even reach 14 per cent of the population before summer.” Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202101/27/moreno-have-enough-vaccines-20210127175443.html

 

Earthquakes Update: A series of earthquakes shook Granada province, in southern Spain, on Tuesday night.
The first two were felt at 9.36pm in Santa Fe and in Chauchina, near the city of Granada, with registered magnitudes of 4.3 and 4.1 on the Richter scale, according to provisional estimates by the National Geographic Institute (IGN).
According to the IGN, a total of around 10 quakes with magnitudes above 2.9 were felt clearly between 9.36pm and 10.18pm in the city of Granada and its metropolitan area, which is home to around half a million people.
The Tuesday tremors come on top of a series of quakes to have recently hit the Granada area. There have been over 100 in the last 10 days, the most powerful of which took place last Saturday, when a magnitude 4.4 quake was felt in Santa Fe, just a few kilometers from the city of Granada, causing some damage to homes and other buildings. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-01-27/series-of-earthquakes-shakes-spains-granada-province.html

 

UK imposes hotel quarantine for travellers from COVID-19 hotspots: The UK today announced people arriving home from 22 “high risk” countries will have to undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine at their own expense — taking a leaf out of Australia’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — as the country tightens border controls to try to curb one of the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the tougher new rules would apply to travellers from “red list countries where we have particular concern about new variants.”
Non-UK residents will be refused entry, while British citizens and permanent residents will be picked up straight from the airport and transferred to government-provided accommodation where they will begin their mandatory stay.
The announcement came a day after the UK yesterday reached the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths — the first country in Europe to do so.
Johnson also said that travellers will be questioned as to their purpose for travel.
“I want to make clear that under the stay-at-home regulations it is illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes and we will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel,” he said.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel later announced that people wishing to travel out of the UK will have to first make a declaration proving that their journey is essential.
It comes on top of the January 18 announcement that all travellers entering the UK, including British citizens, must present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Prior to that date, the borders had been open with no test requirements.
The full list of 22 “red list” countries is still to be announced, but will include South Africa, Portugal and South American nations.
The new policy might take weeks to come into effect, as the new accommodations are not yet ready. References: https://www.9news.com.au/world/uk-imposes-hotel-quarantine-for-travellers-from-covid-19-hotspots/0e710a7c-1008-4c59-92fd-edaf15a6eeb6
AND
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/uk-imposes-hotel-quarantine-for-travelers-from-covid-hotspots/ar-BB1d8YDT

 

Boris Johnson effectively extends UK coronavirus lockdown after delaying school reopenings: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively extended a national coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday after ruling out a return to school for most students until at least March 8. The lockdown initially went into effect on Jan. 5 and was set to last through at least mid-February in an effort to combat a variant of the coronavirus that was rapidly spreading in the region.
But Johnson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the U.K. remains in a “perilous situation” with more than 37,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, nearly double the number during the country’s previous peak in April.
Johnson said the return date for students depends on the progress of vaccinating those in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by Feb. 15, and that he will release a “roadmap” for the “gradual and phased” easing of coronavirus restriction the week of Feb. 22. Full article: https://www.foxnews.com/world/boris-johnson-uk-coronavirus-lockdown-school-reopenings-delay

 

Merck discontinues work on Covid-19 vaccine candidates: Merck officials said the decision followed a review of phase-I clinical studies of its vaccine candidates. The data, the company said, showed the experimental vaccines were generally well tolerated, but the immune responses generated were inferior to those seen following natural infection and those reported for other Covid-19 vaccines. Full article: https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2021/01/25/merck-halts-work-on-covid-19-vaccine-candidate.html

 

Fauci said it is ‘common sense’ to wear 2 masks to stop the spread of COVID-19: “If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Fauci said on NBC News’ TODAY. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N-95.”
The type of mask you double up on will affect the level of protection it provides. For example, it’s better to use a double-layered cloth mask for the outside layer and a disposable surgical mask for the inside, rather than using two single-layered masks together. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/fauci-said-it-is-common-sense-to-wear-2-masks-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19-heres-how-to-do-it/ar-BB1d4COS

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:

Worldhttps://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/situacionActual.htm 
AND
https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodeestadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html

UK Coronavirus:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

 

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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

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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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