DigameXtra No. 1861 Thursday, Feb. 4th, 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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Disturbing Trend: I walked the Paseo from the Torrox lighthouse to El Morche Wednesday. Many businesses are closed and have posted signs saying “Closed for Holiday”. Normally these signs have a reopening date, but none did. Even Richi’s Pollo Asador Cafe has an open ended holiday sign posted. Naythan, Torrox Costa.


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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
Natural & yute solid chest of drawers
W 90 x 42 x 97cms Price 150€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
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For Sale: 1 TB Maxtor M3 portable External Hard Drive
(unused but has been taken out of the box).
Photo emailed on request.
(I’m not clever enough to reduce the size to post a picture on here).
30 euro. Buyer to collect from El Penoncillo or could meet at Torrox Costa Aldi.
Brenda, El Penoncillo, tel/whatsapp 711003687 or
email: casaianda at yahoo dot co dot uk


Wanted: A Padle racquet for a beginner. Nerja.
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Recommendations & Requests


Those long-delayed deliveries: I posted last week about a delivery from the UK in early December that has failed to arrive here. We’d been misled that it was “lost” in transit but we discovered that delivery was actually stopped on instructions from the UK Government and the couriers were told that they had to return thousands of affected packages. Yesterday UK Customs informed delivery companies that they will not require any additional information concerning contents, thus allowing them to start sending the stuff back. Obviously that will take some time. In our case we expect redelivery from the UK to Spain to follow, but it will now require us to pay customs duty, handling charges and probably a new delivery fee. No doubt others will be in the same situation. James, Archez jamesdotmcculloch10@gmaildotcom


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Spain rules out the AstraZeneca vaccine for at least those over 80 years of age: What is not yet known is whether the vaccine will AstraZeneca be given to people over 65 years of age . The Public Health Commission, which has dealt with the issue on Wednesday, has postponed the decision to Thursday. At least seven European countries have decided that they will only apply this drug to those under that age, since there is not enough evidence of efficacy for those who exceed it. Despite this, the United Kingdom is prodding the elderly with this vaccine since tests do show that they generate antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
It is foreseeable that Spain will make the same decision as countries such as France, Italy, Poland or Germany, as Fernando Simón, director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), pointed out on Monday: “It is possible that in the European Union we have to follow the recommendation that Germany is making [the first country that announced that it would reserve it for those under 65], it is prudent, but in order to decide it, the paper has to analyze the technical data sheet of the vaccine “.
Full article: https://elpais.com/sociedad/2021-02-03/espana-recibira-18-millones-de-vacunas-de-astrazeneca-este-mes-y-27-de-pfizer-en-marzo.html


Spain Health postpones to tomorrow deciding whether or not to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 65: The Ministry of Health has not yet decided whether or not it deviates from the majority line of the European Union, which would be to choose to recommend the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical AstraZeneca only to those under 65 years of age. It is the decision that France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands have already taken. Oxford and AstraZeneca do not have public data on the efficacy of their vaccine in those over 65, because the trials were not done with a sufficient population sample. It is the reason why these European countries opt for this option, unlike the United Kingdom, which is administering it. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/health-postpones-to-tomorrow-deciding-whether-or-not-to-administer-the-astrazeneca-vaccine-to-people-over-65/


Switzerland REFUSES to approve AstraZeneca jab and says ‘new studies’ are needed after France, Germany and Sweden rejected it for over-65s: Switzerland has refused to approve the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, with regulators raising concerns over insufficient test data and arguing ‘new studies’ are needed.
It comes after France, Sweden and Germany advised against administering the jab to those over 65 and Emmanuel Macron claimed it was ‘almost ineffective’ for the age bracket.
That is despite Oxford data published this week suggesting the jab is 76 per cent effective after just one dose, and may also prevent 67 per cent of infection. Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9219909/Switzerland-REFUSES-approve-AstraZeneca-jab-says-new-studies-needed.html


Poland limits AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 18-60: Poland will use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine only for people aged 18-60, the Polish prime minister’s top aide Michal Dworczyk said on Tuesday, following a recommendation from the country’s medical council. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-poland-astrazeneca-idUSW8N2ID009


Restrictions For 14 Days In Andalucia’s High-Rate Municipalities:
The president of the Andalucian Community, Juanma Moreno, has insisted that all communities subject to closure orders due to their high rate of cumulative incidences will remain restricted for a total of 14 days, regardless if their numbers drop. His announcement comes after an appeal from Malaga City that restrictions be lifted after the capital once again dipped below 1,000 Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/03/restrictions-for-14-days-in-andalucias-high-rate-municipalities/


“The situation is serious” warns the Mayor of Velez-Malaga and he urged “extreme responsibility”: The municipality continues to exceed 1,000 infections per 100,000 inhabitants and non-essential activities are currently prohibited until February 16.
Perimeter closures have also been enforced in Velez-Malaga.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/03/the-situation-is-serious-warns-town-mayor-and-urges-extreme-responsibility/


Salobreña Reopens its Borders as Covid Figures Fall: Mayor Rufino said: “This reopening does not mean that we can let our guard down.”
Salobreña’s figures currently stand at 431.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, but cases could easily rise to more than 500 per 100,000 people once again, forcing the town to close its borders for another two weeks.
Seven other municipalities will also drop their border controls after Covid levels dropped, inlcuding Campotejar, Dilar, Durcal, Juviles, Salar, Turon and Velez de Benaudalla.
Sources: https://www.mapacovid.es/ AND https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/02/salobrena-reopens-its-borders-as-covid-figures-fall/


Spain to use big data to track if high earners are lying about residency: The Spanish government’s latest bulletin describes how its tax and tariffs plan for 2021 will have as one of its priorities reinforcing the tracking of these wealthy individuals who should be paying taxes in Spain.
Tax authorities will use a number of software programmes that collect big data and can ascertain whether a person spends more than 183 days a year in Spain, based on where they sign into their social media accounts, where they go to the doctor, where they use their credit cards and other data available to them.
Spain’s Hacienda agency will also factor in where the main base of the taxpayer’s earnings is and check the activity of their direct family relatives.
A number of Spanish celebrities, from former tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario to opera singer Montserrat Caballé, are known to have moved their fiscal residence and fortunes to Andorra. It is not illegal to take up residency in the Pyrenean microstate, but the ease with which high earners have up until now been able to live there on paper whilst actually residing in Spain has spurred the government to up its game. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210203/spain-to-track-high-earners-to-check-if-theyre-lying-about-residency


Google’s Chrome & Microsoft’s Edge Browsers Hacked Again- 28 Extensions Caught Hijacking Google Search Results for Millions:
New details have emerged about a vast network of rogue extensions for Chrome and Edge browsers that were found to hijack clicks to links in search results pages to arbitrary URLs, including phishing sites and ads.
The 28 extensions in question, including Video Downloader for Facebook, Vimeo Video Downloader, Instagram Story Downloader, VK Unblock, made use of a sneaky trick to mask its true purpose. This JavaScript malware amassed birth dates, email addresses, geolocation, and device activity, with a specific focus on collecting the data from Google.
All the backdoored browser add-ons have been taken down by Google and Microsoft as of December 18, 2020, to prevent more users from downloading them from the official stores.
If you have any of the extensions listed in the pic below, you should uninstall them immediately, click to enlarge pic. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/02/over-dozen-chrome-extensions-caught.html


Copa del Rey News: Barca, down 2-0 at the 88 min mark, comes back in overtime to beat Granada 5-3. Full article: https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=593752

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/

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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/
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EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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