DigameXtra No. 1880 Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 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 for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es


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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La Casa Hotel and Restaurant- Torrox Pueblo is now open: Hours Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm (last orders for food 5pm)
This Weeks 3 course set menu will be-
Starter of homemade Tomato Soup or Mackerel pate
Main course – Homemade Beef burger with fried onions or Vegetable Burger served with chips.
Puddings are Frozen tropical fruit Yogurt or vanilla ice cream, tea or coffee
14.95 per person our A la Carte Menu is also available along with lite bites, drinkers only welcome too!
This Sunday our special of the day will be Roast Pork with Apple Sauce at 9.95 booking is advised as number are restricted still.
And finally if you are looking for a break away why not take advantage of our 2 night offer of a double room for 2 persons with breakfast and our set lunch just 198 euro.
Reservations 662039741/952535471


First Andalucia Chess Tournament to be played online: The tournament will be played live on the TuProfeDeAjedrez YouTube Channel on Saturday February 27. The General Tournament will start at 10am and will last 90 minutes with a knockout phase to decide the champion in each class.
All the information concerning this as well as registrations can be arranged by visiting the website http://www.tuprofedeajedrez.com.
Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/22/first-andalucia-chess-tournament-to-be-played-online/


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Children’s books. Selection of children’s books, from bed time reading to older children. 20 euro’s the lot.
Stuart, Algarrobo Pueblo, Tel 665190121.
Email: Stuart Burnett 53 at g mail dot com


For Sale, 2 items:
-Lift-up coffee table cherry colour 100 x 50cm Good condition 30€
-Blue 2-seater settee 178 x 78 cm approx. Good condition, no damage. Very comfortable for siestas. 40€ – three sofa cushions can be included in price, if wanted
Collect from Torre del Mar (near El Ingenio)
Email handlnewman at hotmail dot com or
Whatsapp 647420188 Harold, Torre del Mar


For Sale: Coffee Set / Royal Tettau Bavaria Germany. 6 Coffee cups and saucer ,1 Coffee pot ,1 Milk jug ,1 Sugar bowl
Material: Porcelain. Excellent condition. Price 35€
Buyer collects. Torrox Campo area
Contact Anne: 685 247 505


For Sale: IKEA laptop table, white, adjustable height, in excellent condition. 15 euros. Nerja. Christina 687 602 057


Free to collector: Small Cut Logs free to collector
Cut logs in a covered stack 85 CMs wide
50 cms deep and 60 cms high
Ready for your fire. Free for collection. Torrox Costa
judyannspain @ yahoo . com ; 620742393


Recommendations & Requests


Wanted: Dentist recommendation. Can anyone recommend a dentist to replace a couple of fillings, and who can speak English, in the Torre Del Marr or Velez Malaga area. Bryan, Vinuela
Email: taylor in spain at gmail.com ( no spaces)


Recommendation for Interpreter: Many thanks to Pamela Walsh for all her help. She has made numerous phone calls to the doctor on our behalf. She has been a godsend in awkward times. Her phone number is 609040709.
Paul & Mary. Torrox. ernieno@hotmail.co.uk


Recommendation for Warren’s Car Clean Malaga service: I want to say a big thank you to Warren for doing such a great job on my car last week. Both inside and outside look wonderful. Georgina, Viñuela. cgbrasierATgmailD0Tcom
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News & Articles

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No date for mass vaccination against the coronavirus in Andalusia: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 22/02/2021 12:37
-The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has clarified that there is no date for mass vaccination, although he foresees the vaccination of 50% of the population before summer if sufficient doses arrive in the autonomous community. To achieve this, the regional administration puts pressure on the government, so that it in turn puts pressure on Brussels.
-The logistics (personnel, space, mobile vaccination units, lists …) are prepared, as clarified by the counselor, for whom the objective of vaccinating half a million people a week starting in April is linked to the fact that the pharmaceutical companies send Andalusia the doses you need from April. Aguirre does not rule it out: “That is the hope we have.”
-The number of Andalusians vaccinated with the two doses amounts to 215,021, which represents 2.53% of the total. The percentage is still very low and the region is still at extreme risk, with 288 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, so that, although it means a substantial decrease in infections, the counselor has insisted on his request for caution to the population.
-Aguirre has stated that it is necessary to vaccinate half a million Andalusians weekly to arrive at summer with peace of mind. For now, vaccination is focused on those over 80 years old, an age segment that has almost unanimously accepted vaccination, since only 0.7% have rejected it , as reported by the counselor.
-The vaccination of teachers has also begun , as well as that of members of the State security forces and home help workers in Andalusia as a whole, which will increase the percentage of inhabitants with antibodies, a decisive factor for further reduce the number of infections.
-The number of infected with coronavirus that remains in Andalusian hospitals has stabilized. From Sunday to today, Monday, there have only been 5 new admissions, reaching 2,338 hospitalized, of which 564 remain in intensive care units, as reported by the counselor during a visit to a health center in Jaén. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/jaen/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-sin-fecha-para-vacunacion-masiva-contra-coronavirus-andalucia-202102221225_noticia.html


Five Malaga towns will host Covid-19 mass screening sessions this week: The health authorities will send a text message to the selected people informing them of the date, time and place of the voluntary tests. These voluntary tests will be carried out in the towns of Cuevas de San Marcos, Cañete la Real, Árchez, Arenas and El Burgo.
This Monday the town of Arenas will hold the first session and on Tuesday the Junta will move one of its mobile testing units to Cuevas de San Marcos.
The town council in El Burgo has indicated that the screening in the municipality will be on Thursday 25 February for 310 residents and urged the members of the public summoned to attend the antigen tests. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/22/these-five-malaga-towns-20210222141750.html


Covid England News- Boris Johnson reveals the route out of England’s coronavirus lockdown with some restrictions lasting into June: Coronavirus restrictions on meeting people indoors will continue in England until the final week of June, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday as he revealed a staged timeline for relaxing lockdown measures across the country.
Under the plan, which will be subject to periodic review and depend on the continued success of the country’s vaccination program, all children will return to school in early March, with mixing in groups outdoors allowed starting at the end of March.
Indoor mixing will remain illegal under the plan until May 17 at the earliest, when hotels and other hospitality venues would also be allowed to reopen.
Some legal restrictions are set to remain until June 21, however, when Johnson’s government hopes to lift all remaining legal restrictions. Full article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/boris-johnson-reveals-the-route-out-of-englands-coronavirus-lockdown-with-some-restrictions-lasting-into-june/ar-BB1dUuVx


Update on health recommendations for schools throughout Spain: Ministries of Education and Health have issued new recommendations for schools throughout Spain. They include permanent ventilation, the use of HEPA filters and new conditions regarding the use of masks.
The latest version focuses mainly on ventilation due to the new evidence on the transmission of the virus by aerosols. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/23/update-on-health-recommendations-for-schools-throughout-spain/


Proposed deal between Spain and UK plans to eliminate Gibraltar border checkpoint: The document describing this framework agreement, to which EL PAÍS has had access, contemplates demolishing any “physical barrier” between the British Overseas Territory and La Línea in Cádiz. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2021-01-11/deal-between-spain-and-uk-plans-to-eliminate-gibraltar-border-checkpoint.html


Police warn of fake parcel delivery message and app circulating in Spain: The message appears to come from Spain’s Post Office, Correos, and tells you “Your shipment is on its way”, accompanied by a link. But the National Police is warn this is a scam built around a fake app that has claimed a high number of victims, especially on the Costa del Sol.
The fraud is similar to other well-known cyber scams: the unsuspecting person downloads an application to track the non-existent shipment through the link. If the user grants it all the permissions then the scam can begin.
There are two ways that the app works – the first by using these permissions to duplicate the message, bombarding all the contacts on the device’s phonebook with the same message, thus increasing the spread of the virus. This method can add a high price to the telephone bills of users who have to pay to send SMS text messages.
The other possibility is that, through the permission authorisations that the user has given to the application to control the device, the malicious app can obtain their bank account details.
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Nerja residents facing unexpected water bill rise to pay off debt for sewage treatment plant: Central government has requested seven million euros to be paid back over a period of 25 years for the hand-over of the long-anticipated plant. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202102/19/unexpected-water-bill-rise-20210219102724-v.html


Hacked Again- New Apple Devices Targeted: Days after the first malware targeting Apple M1 chips was discovered in the wild, researchers have disclosed yet another previously undetected piece of malicious software that was found in about 30,000 Macs running Intel x86_64 and the iPhone maker’s M1 processors. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/02/new-silver-sparrow-malware-infected.html


No more orange marmalade as fruit now used as fertiliser: For many years, oranges that grew on trees in the streets of Torremolinos were collected and passed on to a marmalade factory, but due to urban pollution this is no longer possible.
More than 6,000 kilos of oranges have already been collected and will be used in the production of compost and organic fertiliser. Photo: Torremolinos Council. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/22/no-more-orange-marmalade-as-fruit-now-used-as-fertiliser/


Daft Punk- French dance music duo split up after 28 years: They announced the breakup in an eight-minute video titled Epilogue, featuring footage from their 2006 sci-fi film Electroma. Photo:AP. Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/daft-punk-french-dance-music-duo-split-up-after-28-years-12225943


COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference

OPTION 1:  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

OPTION 2: For a more frequently updated version 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?


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:

UK Coronavirus:


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