DigameXtra No. 1860 Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 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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Copa del Rey- Andalusians Granada and Catalans Barcelona dispute the football quarterfinals today (Wednesday) at 9pm: The draw was made on Friday at the Royal Spanish Football Federation headquarters and Granada were the first team out the hat. Barça came second and, therefore, will have to travel to the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes for the game.
Full draw:
-Granada CF vs FC Barcelona, at the Nuevo los Cármenes
-Real Betis vs Athletic Club, at the Benito Villamarín
-Levante vs Villarreal, at the Ciutat de València
-Almería vs Sevilla FC, at the Estadio Juegos del Mediterráneo
Full article: https://www.sport.es/en/news/barca/barca-to-travel-to-granada-for-copa-del-rey-quarterfinal-tie-next-week-11484855


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Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and responsible way to show you care about your family.
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


For Sale, 3 items:
-3 drawer shoe cupboard, surplus to needs. In excellent condition. Height 127 x 87W x 25 cms. Look super painted as natural untreated solid pine €15.
-2 pairs of ankle boots brand new from USA. Ordered their size 5 (36) instead of 38, UK 5. Selling at third of price paid, €15 each.
For further information contact Sandra, Velez Malaga, 619471301 or email sandra.hendey@gmail.com


For Sale: Walkie Talkies. I have 8 x Walkie Talkies for sale with rechargers for rechargeable batteries (not included) also uses non rechargeable AA batteries. Featured on YouTube. Great for a large yard, football pitch or large store or bar!
Model: Cobra Micro Talk 200 (8 channel)
LCD display. Call Alert. ‘Roger’beep. Battery/power saver. Auto squelch. Battery low indicator. Independent battery charger.
Range: approx. 1 kilometre to 5 kilometres depending on terrain. Belt clip. No licence required
Price : €80 (ie: €10 each)
Tele/WhatsApp Les on 691934626 or
email: lesliestevenson @ btinternet .com (Nerja) PHOTO:Cobrafrs.com


For Sale: Small gas fire, radiant type, 50cm. high/30cm. wide, good working order, included 2 gas cylinders, one part full so fire can be seen working. Competa area or I could bring to e.g. Torrox Costa. €30. Call Steve, 952115179 or 692336491 for Whatsapp.


For Sale: Kymco quad bike 150cc. Year 2004. 4 new tyres. Full service 6 months ago. ITV dec21. Excellent working condition. Box on back not included. 1,400euros, Buyer to do transfer. Located Torrox park
Contact Andy 00447895751550


Wanted: Outside, weatherproof Keter-type cupboard; the one I have is badly deteriorated and needs replacing.
Mine is 870H x 700W x 400mm but will consider different sizes depending on space. I’m in Nerja but will travel if your town / village is accessible.
Contact Jim – jimrsvr@hotmail.com


Recommendations & Requests


Opticians: As far as I am aware there is only one optician in Torrox municipality Optica Salto, and I realise that I have never heard anything about them, good or bad. Can anybody fill me in on this? In particular, do they speak good English?
Carole, El Morche


News & Articles

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The BOJA publishes the new municipalities with perimeter closures in Andalusia from Wednesday 3 February: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 02/02/2021 18:57
-The Junta de Andalucía has published the extraordinary BOJA with the new list of municipalities that will close their perimeter from Wednesday 3 February after exceeding the barrier of 500 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants.
-In this way, the Andalusian Government will extend the perimeter closure to 541 municipalities in the community with an incidence rate of the coronavirus higher than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, including the eight provincial capitals, according to the order published on Tuesday.
-For 302 of these 541 municipalities, the Junta will also order the closure of all non-essential activities for exceeding 1,000 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. The perimeter closure currently affects 541 Andalusian municipalities and the prohibition of all non-essential activity in 272, but the evolution of the coronavirus in Andalusia is rapidly adding new additions to this list of restrictions.
The Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government published on Tuesday 2 February contains the complete list of municipalities that will adopt these special restriction measures from 00.00 hours on Wednesday 3 February.
Thus, the new towns that are confined perimeter are:
-Almería: Berja, Senés
-Cádiz: Barbate, Puerto de Santa María (El), Puerto Serrano
-Córdoba: Aguilar de la Frontera, Bujalance, Pedro Abad, Priego de Córdoba, Puente Genil
-Granada: Aldeire, Beas de Guadix, Dehesas Viejas, Galera, Güevéjar, Morelábor, Torrenueva Costa
-Huelva: Almonaster la Real, Almonte, Chucena, Jabugo, Lucena del Puerto, Niebla, Paterna del Campo, Valverde del Camino
-Jaén: Andújar, Cambil, Chilluévar, Pozo Alcón, Santa Elena
-Málaga: Benaoján, Cómpeta, Gaucín, Guaro, Jubrique
-Sevilla: Badolatosa, Campana (La), Coripe, Coronil (El), Guadalcanal, Marchena, Martín de la Jara, Montellano, Navas de la Concepción (Las), Palomares del Río, Paradas, Pilas, Rubio (El),
Villamanrique de la Condesa, Villanueva del Río y Minas
-These restriction measures in Andalusia are due to the epidemiological situation in the region. The community has 3,795 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, less than on Monday (4,286) and about a thousand less than last Tuesday (4,751), according to data from the Andalusian Institute of Cartography and Statistics (IECA), which counts 105 deaths, a new pandemic record after beating the previous record of 95 on 10 November.
-Of the 107 deaths recorded, Almeria is the province with the most deaths with 26, followed by Malaga with 18, Jaen with 15, Cadiz with 14, Granada and Seville with 13 each, Cordoba with ten and Huelva with only two.
-Andalusia has 3,795 cases after 4,286 on Monday, 7,892 on Sunday, 7,899 on Saturday – the pandemic record – and 7,759 on Friday. On Thursday there were fewer, 3,676, on Wednesday 6,626 and last Tuesday 4,751.
-The province of Malaga is the highest with 912, followed by Cadiz with 728, Seville with 705, Almeria with 568, Cordoba with 353, Huelva with 205, Jaen with 180 and Granada with 144.
Source, Spanish, with the full BOJA posted: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-medidas-coronavirus-andalucia-boja-publica-nuevos-municipios-cierre-perimetral-andalucia-desde-miercoles-3-febrero-202102021833_noticia.html


Andalucía records its worst daily death toll of the entire pandemic:
It is a black day for Andalucía this Tuesday, 2 February. The region has recorded the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the entire coronavirus pandemic. The 106 deaths registered today exceed the 95 on 10 November. Almeria is the province with the most deaths with 26, followed by Malaga with 18, Jaén (15), Cadiz with 14, Granada and Seville with 13 each, Cordoba with ten and Huelva with two. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/02/number-covid-deaths-hours-20210202151027.html


Andalucía studies mass vaccination plan for people over 80 in stadiums or conference centres: The regional government also proposes that mobile units take the vaccination roll-out for the elderly to rural areas and people with mobility problems be vaccinated in their homes. The Andalusian health system has the capacity to inject up to 350,000 doses of the vaccine weekly if that amount arrives, but this Monday only 85,850 vaccines arrived in the region. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/02/andalucia-studies-mass-vaccination-20210202125244.html


How are delays in vaccine deliveries really affecting Spain’s campaign?: At the current rate, it would take years to vaccinate the entire population of Spain against Covid-19. This assertion, which is being touted by a number of political leaders in the country, is true. But it doesn’t provide any information that we haven’t already known for more than a month now. Barring a few deviations from the plan, this was the expected speed for the early stage of the campaign.
By this last week, 1,837,700 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were due to have arrived, which is 68,645 more than were received. That’s to say, there was a 3.8% shortfall. The majority of the vaccines that are being administered in this phase are from Pfizer; just 35,700 of the total are from Moderna.
Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-02-01/how-are-delays-in-vaccine-deliveries-really-affecting-spains-campaign.html


COVID- England and Wales record second highest weekly coronavirus deaths since pandemic began: Deaths involving COVID-19 accounted for 45.1% of all deaths in England and Wales in the week to 22 January. There were more than 8,400 deaths linked to coronavirus in the third week of January – the second highest weekly number recorded during the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Latest figures show that, in the week ending 22 January, there were a total of 18,676 deaths registered in England and Wales. Of these, 8,422 mentioned COVID-19, which was an increase of 1,177 deaths compared with the week before and exceeded only by the week ending 24 April 2020. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-england-and-wales-record-second-highest-weekly-coronavirus-deaths-since-pandemic-began-12206323


UK’s record-breaking fundraiser, ‘hero’ Captain Tom Moore, dies aged 100: Britain’s Captain Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who lifted a nation’s spirits by raising millions of pounds for health service workers battling the coronavirus, died on Tuesday aged 100 after he contracted COVID-19. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-captaintom/uks-record-breaking-fundraiser-hero-captain-tom-moore-dies-aged-100-idUSKBN2A216E?il=0


Questions and answers about the new maternity supplement of pensions of 378 euros per year per child: The Government has approved this Tuesday the new maternity pension supplement, of a fixed amount of 378 euros per year per child. Its objective is to reduce the gender gap in the benefits received by men and women, which now stands at 30% on average. The approved mechanism substantially modifies the maternity supplement in force so far, approved by the Government of Rajoy and that the European justice considered that discriminated against men. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/questions-and-answers-about-the-new-maternity-supplement-of-pensions-of-378-euros-per-year-per-child/


Government approves 9-month moratoriums for mortgages, loans and tourism and transportation: The Council of Ministers approved this Tuesday to extend the coverage of mortgage and consumer loan defaults to nine months for vulnerable people, the self-employed and companies in the tourism and transport sectors, while it has extended until March 30 the deadline to request such postponements.
As reported by the Government spokesman, María Jesús Montero, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, these measures complement the rest of the initiatives already approved to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus.
The moratorium on mortgage loans may be requested by those who pay fees for their habitual residence or for a place where their business is being developed, as well as for a rental home that has ceased to receive the rents of the tenant during the state of alarm.
The moratorium will also apply to vulnerable people who are facing consumer loans or any other type of financing with periodic installments. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-government-approves-9-month-moratoriums-for-mortgages-loans-and-tourism-and-transportation/


Rugby News, Six Nations- Green light for France after quarantine rules clarification: France will take part in the Guinness Six Nations as scheduled after sports minister Roxana Maracineanu announced the easing of quarantine rules for participating teams. Scotland are due to play at the Stade de France on February 28. PHOTO:Ross Parker/SNS. Full article: https://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/six-nations-green-light-france-after-quarantine-rules-clarification-3121798


Groundhog Day- Did the Groundhog See His Shadow 2021?: Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog has seen his shadow and predicted that we will see six more weeks of winter.
February 2 is recognized as Groundhog Day, and in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the borough hosts a celebration featuring Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog, who predicts whether we will see an early spring or an extended winter.
Based on tradition, the groundhog—billed as “the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of all Prognosticators”—predicts another six weeks of winter if he sees his shadow behind him. Two scrolls are prepared beforehand, one predicting a long winter and the other predicting an early spring. Full article:


Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Step Down as CEO: Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will step down from his post in the third quarter of 2021 and be replaced by Andy Jassy, the head of the company’s cloud computing unit. Bezos, the company’s driving force since its founding, will become executive chairman, Amazon said Tuesday in a statement.
Bezos isn’t going far, much the way Bill Gates remained chairman of Microsoft Corp. after ceding the CEO role. PHOTO:Bloomberg. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/amazon-founder-jeff-bezos-to-step-down-as-ceo/ar-BB1dkhJP


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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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
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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