DigameXtra No. 1872 Monday, Feb. 15th, 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/ Note: some towns are now modifying their hospitality and capacity rules as they move between different “grades” of Phase 4 restrictions.


WARNING- This Covid restriction map site may not be updated in a timely fashion.  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

NEW OPTION: For an updated Covid restriction map visit this site. Unfortunately this map does not zoom in using the mouse wheel, so it can be difficult to see the smallest towns. https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?


Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics is the Junta de Andalucia’s FB page. It’s mostly in Spanish but they post easy to understand charts and graphs. For English, use a page translator as they have not enabled FB auto-translations on the page for some reason? https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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Phoenix Events: Trips & Events
For bookings and information, please contact Gail on 951067723 / 626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more info. We are busy adjusting our events schedule to comply with the new Covid regulations. We will post an updated event schedule asap.


Torrox Cancer Detection Campaign: Some 2.000 women from our municipality will benefit from the annual Mom Cancer Detection campaign in the mobile unit located in the parking lot of the Our Lady of the Snow convent until next March 9 within the Board’s program From Andalusia.
Women are cited to go to a mammographic exploration unit, where two plates are made, what is known as double projection, which are studied by two distinct radiologists and independently, and according to the result, women examined and qualified positively are directed to Axarchy Hospital to complete the study or to perform some kind of treatment by Mamas Unit. Translated from: AytoTorrox FB Post


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News & Articles

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Health Minister Jesús Aguirre speaks about a possible “fourth wave” of the coronavirus pandemic in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Regional Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has assured this Sunday that both “prevention measures” and “Covid units, circuits and respirators” will be maintained in the face of the possibility of a fourth wave which, in Aguirre’s opinion, could arrive “as a result of mutations and different strains of the virus”.
-Aguirre made this statement in an interview on the Ser, picked up by Europa Press, in which, asked about the possibility of the arrival of a fourth wave, he said that “one thing is his wish”, which is that “there will not be one”, but he argued that the Junta has to “act proactively, think that there could be one and not let our guard down”.
-He stated that the Andalusian government will be “very prudent” and will continue to maintain the perimeter closures, the curfew and the closure of non-essential activity at 18.00 hours. “We are going to maintain coercive measures to reduce the number of admissions,” explained Aguirre.
-The councillor also pointed out that in the last four days this wave is falling “more sharply than the others”, but warned that “there are many doubts with emerging strains” so, in any case, he advocates “maximum caution”. “Although it can be seen that we are going down, we do not want to make an abrupt de-escalation,” he said, while calling for “maintaining the measures to avoid contagion”.
-He pointed out that this third wave has been “the hardest of all” and said that, at present, “it is declining”. “Let’s hope that the fourth wave doesn’t arrive, that this pandemic is a bad dream and that we forget it soon,” he said.
-Despite being “a very tough wave and with a very high number of deaths”, Aguirre said that “there is a clear downward trend” and he hopes that this will be “as pronounced as possible”.
-In this regard, he announced that the cumulative incidence rate in Andalusia is 513 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days and 171 cases in the last seven days. Photo:ABC
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free online version)
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-jesus-aguirre-habla-posible-cuarta-pandemia-coronavirus-andalucia-202102141733_noticia.html


What you need to know about Spain’s restrictions on cloth face masks: The Spanish government wants to prevent ineffective material or cloth face masks from being sold to the public. Here’s what we know about the stricter rules for their sale.
The country’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs is expected to approve an amendment on Thursday which would see cloth or material face masks sold to the public have to be 90 percent efficient to be considered face masks that can help prevent Covid-19 infections.
The government’s advice has up to now been to wear only certified (homologadas) face masks, mainly the surgical blue disposable ones and the cone-shaped FFP2 white ones (both 92 to 98 percent efficient), but it hasn’t moved to prevent the sale of other material ones which are sold in shops. Full article:


Czech government agrees last-minute COVID-19 lockdown deal: The Czech government reached a last-minute deal with regional governors on Sunday to call a new state of emergency for 14 days and avert a chaotic end to coronavirus lockdown measures.
The infection rate is the second-highest in Europe behind Portugal, with more than 900 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). That is more than four times neighbouring Germany, which has imposed entry bans on Czech travellers.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-czech/czech-government-agrees-last-minute-covid-19-lockdown-deal-idUSKBN2AE0N5?il=0


UK hits target- Gives at least 1 vaccine shot to 15 million: (London AP) The U.K. announced Sunday that it had reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January.
More than 15 million people, or 22% of the U.K. population, have received their first shot. The figure includes most people in the government’s top four priority groups, including everyone over 75, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff and residents. Over 537,000 of them have also received their second dose. Full article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/UK-hits-target-Giving-at-least-1-vaccine-shot-to-15950209.php


Germany Partially Closes Borders Despite EU Criticism: Germany partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol on Sunday over a troubling surge in coronavirus mutations, drawing a swift rebuke from the European Union. Under the new rules, only Germans or non-German residents are allowed through, and they must provide a recent negative coronavirus test. Photo: AFP / JENS SCHLUETER. Full article: https://www.ibtimes.com/germany-partially-closes-borders-despite-eu-criticism-3145294


The Sexual Problem COVID Is Causing That No One Is Talking About: Breathlessness is certainly a big issue when it comes to the effects of long COVID. Jessica Kirby, head of health advice at the British Lung Foundation, agrees: “We’ve heard from many people struggling with breathlessness after having COVID. Last year, more than 50,000 people visited our website to get advice on sex and breathlessness, an increase from 2019, so it’s clearly an issue people are worried about.”
Confusingly, the chance of having long-term symptoms doesn’t seem to be linked to how ill a person is when they first get coronavirus, says the NHS. In fact, there are many unknowns when it comes to long COVID, with some experts highlighting an urgent need for more research into what they believe could present a “significant health burden worldwide”. Full article: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/sex-after-covid-recovery-breathlessness-fatigue


‘Boris’ burrow’ tunnel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland set to get the green light: A 25-mile undersea tunnel linking Scotland and Northern Ireland could get the green light next month, it has been reported.
The new connection, informally known as “Boris’ burrow”, could help ease Brexit tensions over trade and boost the UK economy by making it easier for the transportation of goods.
Boris Johnson first backed the idea of connecting Larne in Northern Ireland to Stranraer in Scotland with a bridge when he was foreign secretary in 2018.
But now ministers are said to be considering a 25 mile long tunnel with a road and rail link instead of a bridge. Full article: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/boris-burrow-tunnel-northern-ireland-scotland-b919753.html


Businesses In Mijas Can Continue To Expand Their Terraces Until September: In what is sure to be a welcome boost to local bar and restaurant owners, the City Council in Mijas has announced that business owners can continue to apply for the right to expand their outdoor seating areas until September this year, instead of May, as a means of welcoming more customers over the summer months. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/13/businesses-in-mijas-can-continue-to-expand-their-terraces-until-september/


Amazon & eBay Make Progress With Their Pirate Streaming Box Problem: After being heavily criticized due to the prevalence of pirate streaming devices offered for sale on their platforms, Amazon and eBay now appear to be getting on top of the problem. The pre-configured piracy devices are now harder to find on both platforms, however, it isn’t particularly difficult to find pirate IPTV subscriptions on eBay or Amazon.
Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/amazon-ebay-make-progress-with-their-pirate-streaming-box-problem-210214/


Bitcoin approaches $50,000, wider adoption fuels record rally:
Bitcoin hit a new record high and approached $50,000 on Sunday, building on its record rally as Wall Street and Main Street increasingly adopt the world’s biggest cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin recently stood at $48,700 on Sunday morning, up more than 3%. It had traded as high as $49,714 earlier in the day. The cryptocurrency is up almost 70% year to date.
After long being shunned by traditional financial firms, bitcoin and other virtual currencies appear to be increasingly entering the mainstream as an asset and routine payment vehicle.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currency-bitcoin/bitcoin-approaches-50000-wider-adoption-fuels-record-rally-idUSKBN2AE0H0


Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities: Younger people with learning disabilities aged 18 to 34 are 30 times more likely to die of Covid than others the same age, according to Public Health England.
Edel Harris, Mencap’s chief executive, said: “Throughout the pandemic many people with a learning disability have faced shocking discrimination and obstacles to accessing healthcare, with inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices put on their files and cuts made to their social care support. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/13/new-do-not-resuscitate-orders-imposed-on-covid-19-patients-with-learning-difficulties


Prince Harry and Meghan ‘overjoyed’ to be expecting second child: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed that they are expecting a younger brother or sister for their one-year-old son, Archie. A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.” Photo: Misan Harriman / Duke and Duchess of Sussex / PA. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/14/harry-meghan-duke-duchess-sussex-second-child 


NASA Mars Mission: Perseverance Rover set to land on Mars- when and where to watch the live telecast: The Perseverance Rover is set to enter the Martian orbit on February 18 and it will attempt its descent onto the surface of the Red Planet on the very same day, with the touchdown being scheduled for about 3:55 pm EST, which means at 2:25 am on February 19 in India. The broadcast, however, showing the landing of the rover along with expert commentary would begin at 2:15 pm EST, which means that it would begin at 12:45 am IST on February 19.
The broadcast will originate from the Southern California-based NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and science enthusiasts wll be able to catch it live on the NASA TV Public Channel. Apart from that, NASA’s website, app, YouTube channel and its social media handles on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook would also telecast the event live. NASA’s Twitch and DailyMotion accounts would also broadcast it. Photo:NASA. Full article: https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/nasa-mars-mission-perseverance-rover-set-to-land-on-mars-when-and-where-to-watch-live-telecast/2194131/


Novak Djokovic reaches Australian Open quarter-finals but injury concerns still linger: Having sustained an abdominal tear in his third round win over American Taylor Fritz, the top seed and defending champion was a serious doubt to even show up for his match against Milos Raonic.
Clearly in discomfort for much of the contest, Djokovic managed to grind out a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over the big-serving Canadian, who himself picked up an injury, to his ankle, during the match inside Rod Laver Arena. Full article: https://www.thenationalnews.com/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-reaches-australian-open-quarter-finals-but-injury-concerns-still-linger-1.1166070


Football News- Madrid beats Valencia to keep pace with leader Atlético: Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos scored first-half goals as Real Madrid comfortably beat Valencia 2-0 on Sunday to keep pace with Spanish league leader Atlético Madrid.
Madrid’s third straight league victory left Zinedine Zidane’s team five points behind Atlético, which won 2-1 at Granada on Saturday and has two games in hand.
The victory against Valencia moved Madrid three points in front of third-place Barcelona, which routed Alavés 5-1 at home on Saturday. The Catalan club has played one less game than Madrid. Full article: https://www.tsn.ca/real-madrid-beats-valencia-to-keep-pace-with-leader-atletico-madrid-1.1592862


COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

Up-to-date information, broken down by municipality, can be found on an interactive map here: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-mapa-covid-19-andalucia-restricciones-y-medidas-contra-coronavirus-municipio-202102101441_noticia.html?

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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
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