DigameXtra No. 1859 Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 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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La Casa Hotel & Restaurant:
Our Hotel and Restaurant are now open!
Why not Come and enjoy a night or two in our award winning Hotel as seen on the Hotel Inspector.
Beautifully individually designed rooms all with en-suites, social distancing is not a problem with time allocated breakfasts .
Our Hotel and Restaurant is Maintained to a very high standard including yearly Legionaires testing, we also use top quality commercial products for cleaning.
You do not have to stay though to enjoy our beautiful terrace restaurant, or indoor heated courtyard.
All our food is freshly cooked and we have an a la carte menu as well a weekly set menu of 3 courses for just 14.95 per person.
We are open Monday to Saturday at the moment 12 until 6pm (takeaway service available until 8.30 with prior notice)
We will however be open on Sunday 14th February for a special Valentines Lunch Menu, booking is required as numbers are limited.
To Book call 952535471 or 662039741.
Stay safe and hope to see you soon.
LA CASA Hotel & Restaurant
Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga


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Archgrove Services: A family run light haulage/transport company with bases in Archez, Spain and near Oxford, UK.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
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Torrox Municipal Market Stall Available: Notice from the Mayor’s Office where the bidding of one of the stalls of the Municipal Market of Torrox that has become vacant is reported. For details visit FB Page


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
Very heavy natural wood & waxed chest of drawers with new bronze handles. Measurements Width 119 x 50 x 116cms. Price 275€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


Computers For Sale: DoctorLaptop now has several models of Mini-PCs in stock. These are selling fast and won’t last long. If you are in the market for a new computer, email me for a list of available units that includes specs and prices. When comparing my prices to deals you see online, please remember that to get native English models I must order from the UK, and must pay extra for delivery and the rather high, new customs import fees & taxes. DoctorLaptop, Torrox Costa. Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com


For Sale: Used Galaxy J5 cell phone, in perfect condition since at all times I had it with full protection, it has no bumps or scratches. System is Android 9. It is in its original box with the charger and its headphones. 110 euros. I live in El Morche, my email is silviacaminante@gmail.com or WhatsApp 666 – 782 766


For Sale: Ikea Loft bed. Hardly used in excellent condition.
Bought in October for €159. Price €64.
Buyer collects. Danielle, Alcaucín.


Recommendations & Requests


LoyPar Food & Bev Delivery: Dave and Anna from Vetiver Spain gets excellent service from LoyPar.com with next day delivery to our home in Sayalonga. We have had great service for the delivery of food and beverages by Loypar during the shutdown. Loypar is located in the Poligono (Industrial Park) in Velez Malaga. Awesome service and very responsive people. We ordered online from Loypar on Sunday at about 4PM. They arrived at our door at about 11:30 Monday the next morning. The meats, fish, spices, beverages and frozen foods were exactly what we had ordered. I can’t say enough about their awesome performance. Amanda and Antonio are always very helpful and they both speak excellent English. Here are the phone numbers for both Amanda and Antonio and they are also on WhatsApp. Place your order online from a fantastic selection! https://www.loypar.com/
During this time it is nice to be able to praise a well run organization!
Amanda at 636 458 806
Antonio at 697 210 813.
If you have any questions you can contact me:
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Mobil: 692 288 657


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News & Articles

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{Translations by Firefox browser extension “Translate Web Pages”}

For some reason today’s translations were particularly difficult. All the good Spanish writers must have had the day off. Yet I must push on, so here we go. In any case, for a full list of towns with municipal closures and non-essential business closures see http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202102/01/junta-lifts-coronavirus-perimeter-20210201093646.html


Towns with municipal closure or with non-essential activity closed due to Covid-19 as of Wednesday, February 3: {Summary of article translated from https://sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 01/02/2021 20:43
(Note: This rambling article from a usually reliable source, despite having the latest updates, is composed very poorly; it is extremely confusing and poorly organized even in the original Spanish. So I just did my best to pull out the relevant info. I have included other articles below that may be easier to read. -Ed.)
-The perimeter closure currently affects 539 municipalities in Andalusia and the prohibition of all non-essential activity in 272.
-Andalusia as a whole has increased its incidence rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days over the weekend to 952.2, which is 61 points more than that registered in the Friday -the weekend is not updated-, which was 891.2. By provinces, Almería is in the lead with 1,190.9. Huelva is behind with 1,127.1; Cádiz with 1,027; Malaga with 1,007.2; Granada with 963.5; Córdoba with 907.5; Jaén with 823.6, and Seville with 776.7.
-The highest rate per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days among the provincial capitals is still recorded by Almería, with 1,391.3, followed by Malaga, with 1,008, the only ones that exceed a thousand. They are followed by Cádiz (991), Huelva (967.1), Granada (919.8), Jaén (887.7), Córdoba (878.7) and Seville (693.2).
-Of the other four Andalusian municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, three exceed the limit of 1,000 cases -Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) with 1,007, Dos Hermanas (Seville) with 1,117.4 and Marbella (Málaga) with 1,258.5-, while the fourth, Algeciras (Cádiz) with 734.5, is still between 500 and 1,000 cases.
-Granada: the province with the highest number of municipalities affected with restrictions is Granada with 123, which adds eight new ones since Wednesday for having a rate higher than 500. Son Albondón, Aldeire, Beas de Guadix, Galera, Güevéjar, Quéntar, Torrenueva y Cortes and Graena. The case of the latter, Cortes and Graena stands out, since the lifting of the restrictions had been decreed this Monday, but on Wednesday it will return to exceed 500 cases again.
In addition, 14 municipalities that had more than 500 cases now exceed 1,000 and non-essential activity will also be closed. They are Albolote, Albuñol, Benamaurel, Calicasas, Darro, Dehesas de Guadix, Dehesas Viejas, Dollar, Dúdar, Huéscar, La Peza, Montefrío, Morelábor and Puebla de don Fadrique.
-Malaga: Registers 74 municipalities with a rate above 500 (municipal restrictions) after adding Cómpeta and Guaro, as well as Gaucín, which abandoned the restrictions on Monday, but once again had a rate above 500, so they will be applied again this Wednesday. Specifically, 32 will have a perimeter closure and 42 will also have suspension of non-essential activity, adding Casares, Ojén, Benaoján, Cortes de la Frontera, Genalguacil and Jubrique.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-restricciones-coronavirus-andalucia-lista-completa-pueblos-cerrados-o-sin-actividad-covid-19-partir-miercoles-3-febrero-202102012043_noticia.html


The seven Malaga municipalities facing non-essential business closures from this Wednesday: Malaga, Casares, Ojén, Benaoján, Cortes de la Frontera, Genalguacil and Jubrique have exceeded an incidence rate of a thousand cases for every one hundred thousand inhabitants and will have to shut all their non-essential businesses from the early hours of Wednesday morning. This measure will last for at least two weeks, until 17 February. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/01/seven-malaga-municipalities-facing-20210201132856.html


Towns reopening after municipal restrictions lifted: (Note: I try to avoid EWN as a news source, but in this case the info appears accurate, and it is the easiest read I could find today. -Ed.) Ministry of Health has announced on Monday, February 1, that a total of 31 municipalities have dropped their cumulative incidence rate enough to open back up their borders.
Granada: Albuñuelas, Benalúa de las Villas, Colomera, Cortes and Graena, Dehesas de Guadix, Fornes, Moraleda de Zafayona, Morelábor, Pórtugos, Quéntar and El Valle.
Jaén: Santiago de Calatrava, Fuerte del Rey, Torres, Santisteban del Puerto, Pozo Alcón and Villatorres.
Almeria: Huécija and María.
Córdoba: Cañete de las Torres and Valsequillo.
Huelva: Aroche, Castaño del Robledo, Chucena and Corteconcepción.
Málaga: Canillas de Albaida, Gaucín, Salares and Sayalonga.
Sevilla: Lora de Estepa and Umbrete.
Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/01/positive-news-for-andalucia/  For a full list of towns with municipal closures and non-essential business closures see http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202102/01/junta-lifts-coronavirus-perimeter-20210201093646.html


Torrox and 12 other towns and villages in the province to undergo mass Covid-19 screenings: 13 municipalities will undergo mass screening sessions in the coming days to detect coronavirus positives in the communities to try to stop the increase in infections during the third wave of the pandemic.
-The Junta de Andalucía screenings will be carried out in Árchez, Cútar, Torrox, La Viñuela, Cártama, Casares, Estepona, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Malaga city, Totalán, Benarrabá and Montejaque. Most have not yet scheduled the tests yet, check with your town hall for updates.
-Torrox will see the mass antigen tests carried out on Friday, 5 February. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/01/malaga-towns-villages-province-20210201095407.html


Firefox User Alert- Firefox VPN being pushed on Firefox users is NOT a true VPN, it is only a proxy:
Short version- Skip it, it is not what they say it is.
Long version- Mozilla is now offering a browser-based proxy which they are calling Firefox Private Network. Despite the name, this is only a browser proxy; it is not a VPN (virtual private network). Unlike Firefox Private Network, a true VPN will offer complete encryption for all traffic on your operating system, a proxy does not. A proxy only redirects your traffic thru a private server to mask your location.
-Browser-only encryption: Only traffic through the Firefox browser is getting encrypted. All traffic from programs and apps (Mail, Skype, torrents, etc.) outside of your Firefox browser remain exposed.
-Data collection (logs): All traffic is being routed through Cloudflare, which has partnered with Mozilla to offer this service. Cloudflare will be logging your IP address and all the sites you visit and searches you do. Mozilla is also recording technical, interaction, and registration data.
-No location selection: Unlike other browser-based proxies, Firefox Private Network (VPN) does not offer any location selection.
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Spain performs its first anal tests to detect Covid: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es}
-Since the news broke that China began to perform anal tests to find Covid-19, they have been the protagonists of countless “memes.” Some still believe that this is fake news – but it is not. In fact, these tests are already carried out in Spain, specifically in Galicia. This has been confirmed by the Galician Radio and Television Corporation, according to “El Correo” today.
-This type of diagnosis began to be carried out last week in Beijing and Qingdao, according to the official press. Scientists cited by the local media ensured them it’s more accurate than a sampling swabs inserted through the nose -the PCR-, the saliva or blood.
-It is more effective in infected people. China applies them to risk subjects, travelers arriving from abroad and tourists in quarantine in hotels, mainly. And they have proven to be very effective. ” They increase the detection rate of infected people ” because the coronavirus remains longer in the anus than in the respiratory tract, explained Dr. Li Tongzeng, from You’an Hospital in Beijing. But its use is not without controversy.
-There are many voices that have raised the cry in the sky and many more look at them with suspicion. On Chinese Twitter (Weibo) there are even testimonies from people who have gone through the experience that some describe as “not painful, but humiliating “. “I have had two anal examinations. In the process, they also took a swab from my throat. Each time, I was afraid that the nurse would forget to change the swab between the two of them, “they joked on the social network. Another detail that has emerged is that the process takes “about 10 seconds” for each swab. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/sociedad/abci-espana-realiza-primeros-test-anales-para-detectar-covid-202102011325_noticia.html?ref=https:%2F%2Fsevilla.abc.es%2F


How long should a laptop last- shrinking expected lifespans?: Different factors will determine how long your laptop computer will last before it becomes unusable or obsolete. The first among these factors is your computers hardware. Laptops with quality hardware last longer when compared to lower quality ones.
-Usually, the very first thing that breaks is the keyboard. Users often use external keyboards until the can get it fixed or replaced.
-Laptops could also be rendered obsolete because of outdated processors or graphics cards that cannot run new system updates. Technology today is progressing at a rapid pace, with new components and parts being introduced to the market on an almost daily basis. When these components get outdated, the computers that rely on them instantly become irrelevant or unusable for advanced tasks.
-The next factor here is how you use the laptop. A typical computer will last longer when it is treated with a lot of care. If you don’t use and maintain your laptop well, then it won’t last you long.
-Basically, the more you pay, the longer its lifespan should be:
-If you pay less than $600/700, you should expect it to stay for 2-4 years.
-Laptops that cost between $700 to $1,000 last an average of around 3-5 years.
-If you spend more than $1,000, you should expect it to last for around 4-7 years.
-The tasks that the computer performs on a daily basis also plays a role in determining its lifespan. Heavy tasks like gaming, graphic design and video editing will take their toll, making your laptop perform optimally for only a few years. Limiting use to lighter tasks like emailing, watching videos and web browsing will allow laptops to last longer. They could even last much longer than average if this is all you do with them and if you treat them well with annual professional maintenance servicing.
-Therefore, the kind of hardware inside the laptop, how you use it and what you use it for will all work together to affect its lifespan. For example, a mid-range machine should probably last you 4-5 years, but it could also last for a year or two depending on its daily functions.
Reference: https://simplylaptop.com/how-long-should-a-laptop-last/


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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Lost dog: Arenas/Velez Malaga area.
Fred has been missing since 24th January. The kennels where Fred escaped from are in the Cerro Beas area, between Arenas y Vélez-Málaga. Please ‘share’ Fred with anyone who may be able to keep an eye open for him in the Arenas/Velez Malaga area. Fred is not familiar with his name or the area. He has a chip.
Any sightings, please ring Antonio (+34 654 42 72 02),
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You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator.

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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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