DigameXtra No. 1885 Monday, March 1st, 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.  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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Due to the Covid restrictions, to avoid disappointment I suggest you call to confirm events and times before the event. -Ed.


-1st of March, Monday, “Bridge holiday”, bank holiday for Day of Andalucía
Read about Andalucia day at https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/spain/andalucia-day


Phoenix Club re-opens:
Our social club has re-opened for coffee, cake and a chat but due to restrictions, all our trips are on hold until further notice.
We have greetings cards for sale, all handmade so if you are looking for a beautiful handmade card, pop along on any Tuesday and have a look.
We are collecting foodstuffs for the Spanish Red Cross on a weekly basis, so if you can add a couple of items to your weekly shop and bring it down to us, it would be very much appreciated. They really need baby food, nappies and foodstuffs such as rice, flour and pasta.
We are selling off all our books and DVDs at 4 for €1. Our books are languishing and crying out to be read. We also have jigsaws for sale at €1 each. Come along and pick up a bargain on any Tuesday
We meet at La Vega bar and restaurant every Tuesday and you can find the bar just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are now open from 11.30 – 1pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk


Car Boot/Market, Sunday Mar 7th: El Pantano Restaurant, Lake Vinuela.
We are delighted to be able to announce, that our regular monthly event can now resume!
This popular monthly Car Boot/ Market is on Sunday 7th March at El Pantano Restaurant car park. Overlooking Lake Vinuela. Time 9.30 am to 1pm.
Please be assured, that we are taking all the necessary precautions to abide with current restrictions and requirements that the Government have in place.
Please remember to wear your face masks.
Hand sanitiser will be available on every stall.
Location is easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore,old and new.
– Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
– Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
– Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
– Greetings cards.
– (New) Ladies clothes and accessories.
– Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing and picking up a few bargains at this well-established monthly market, which attracts visitors from far and near. A super location.
Please note: If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday. For further info please contact Sandy (Vinuela) by telephone, on 619 471 301


Triple A Charity Luncheon: Animal rescue fund raiser at La Sala Puerto Banus, Marbella. March 9, 2021. 2-4pm. Ticket price 25€, advance purchase necessary.
2 Course Lunch menu plus free house cava & beer.
Live music + charity raffle.
Reservations: 952 814 145


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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.


Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
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– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
Call us : 669 665 156
Email us : hanningtons.bathrooms@gmail.com


Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of the issue. Here are “before” and “after” pics from my latest job.


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Real Estate / Inmobiliaria
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We have a Spanish client who is looking for a property.
Do you have a property which fits the following criteria?
-Situated on the coast, in the Axarquia region,
-Preferred nearer Maro/Nerja, but other areas considered
-Maximum price €175,000
-Apartment or small propertyon one level, without stairs
-Small garden
-Good access to local amenities
If you are thinking of selling please contact us for a no obligation chat info@blucee.com
Selling a property in Axarquía?
We would love to hear from you too.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, covering Axarquia, Malaga to Nerja and the Costa Tropical.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
BluCee.com is a DigameXtra sponsor so our contact details are shown here every day.


For Sale: Karcher 620M power washer. Complete with variable Lance and dirt blaster Lance. Good Condition. 40 Euros.
Contact Kevin at WhatsApp 634328089. Canillas de Albaida.
Email: kevin.greensmith@gmail.com


For Sale: Habitat metal bathroom cabinet/mirror in perfect condition, silver grey colour. Full length mirrors on both sides of the door. Height: 185cm x Wide: 35cm x Depth 18cm. €15.00. Location near Canillas de Aceituno.
Please call/email or WhatsApp Aidey:
641 714 422, +44 7811 466234 or


For Sale: Under counter freezer. Aspes make, H84 cms, W55cms, D60cms. Has been used in outhouse so has a few scratches on exterior. 3 compartments, middle drawer cover cracked but still functions well, hence price of 35 euros.
Location- Torrox campo, very close to pueblo.
Tel: Avril 670540533


For Sale, 3 items:
-Motorcycle helmet. Only used once. Size Small. 29 €
-3x Mountain bike tires. New. Suitable for MTB of 26 inch.
Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 26 inch. Foldable. Size 26 x 2.10
Price: 15 € / piece
-Mountain Bike tire 29 inch. New. Schwalbe Racing Ralph , size 29 x 2,10. Price: 20€
If interested or for more pics or information contact Wally
Email: wally_bocklandt@hotmail.com or
Whatsapp +32486254010. Archez area.


  News & Articles

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Coronavirus Andalusia: February, the deadliest month with 2,036 deaths: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-Andalusia closed this Sunday the month of February with 2,036 people dead from the Covid-19 coronavirus, 549 more than in November, the deadliest month so far, when 1,487 people lost their lives from this cause.
-Friday 12 February, with 127 deaths, was the day with the most deaths from Covid-19 in the community of the entire pandemic, followed by Tuesday 9 of the same month, when 126 people died, and Saturday 13, with 120 deaths. On the other hand, the three days in February with the fewest deaths were Monday 22, with eleven deaths; Sunday 28, with 13; and Sunday 7, with 28 deaths.
-In the first week of February, from 1 to 7 February, 537 deaths were recorded; in the second week (8 to 14 February), 688; in the third week (15 to 21 February), 465; and in the last week (22 to 28 February), 346 deaths.
-The month of November left 1,487 deaths due to Covid-19 in Andalusia, the second fortnight being more deadly than the first, 779 Andalusians died from 15 to 31 November and 708 in the first 15 days of the month.
-The three worst figures for November were always recorded on Tuesdays: on Tuesday 10th there were 95 deaths; on the 24th, 95 deaths and on the 17th there were 89 deaths. On the other hand, Sundays were when the fewest fatalities were recorded, with 12 on 1 November, 14 on 14 November and 20 on 8 November.
-Therefore, February, with 2,036 deaths, was the deadliest month, followed by November with 1,487 deaths. In January, 1,240 people lost their lives in Andalusia due to this cause, and in December, 1,117. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-febrero-mas-mortifero-registrar-2036-fallecidos-202102281923_noticia.html


Coronavirus Andalucía Summary- The death toll falls 66% in a single day and stands at 13, plus more encouraging news: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 28/02/2021, 15:12
-The latest data on coronavirus in Andalusia indicate that the third wave is beginning to lose momentum, not only because of the fall in infections, but also because of the drop in fatalities. On Saturday, 13 people died of coronavirus in Andalusia, compared to 38 on Friday, a drastic drop of 66%, according to data provided by the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Health and Families.
-The deaths from Covid 19 in the last few hours have been recorded in Cordoba (5), Cadiz (5), Almeria (2) and Malaga (1), meaning that Seville, Jaen, Huelva and Granada have had no deaths from the pandemic since Friday.
-In terms of infections, in the last 24 hours there have been 940 new diagnoses by Covid, compared to 1,097 on Saturday. There are now 475,497 infected people diagnosed, while 323,281 have been cured, 2,179 more than on Saturday.
-In terms of hospitalisations, Andalusia recorded 1,742 patients admitted to health centres for coronavirus this Sunday 28 February, 150 fewer than on Saturday and 591 fewer than seven days ago, of whom 438 are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 13 fewer than the day before, 143 fewer in a week and which places the region slightly below the peak of patients in ICU of the first wave of 30 March (439). The data show that the rate of decrease in hospitalised patients is slowing down, since, taking Sundays as a sample, on 7 February they fell by 296; on the 14th, 306; on the 21st, 244; and now on the 28th, 150.
-However, these data place the region far from the peaks recorded in the third wave on 2 February (4,980), in the second wave on 10 November (3,478) and in the first wave on 30 March 2020 (2,708). The 438 ICU patients means that Andalusia is below the peak of the third wave reached on 7 February (735), that of the second wave on 18 November (528) and slightly below the peak of ICU patients in the first wave on 30 March (439).
-In terms of vaccination, 766,690 doses have already been administered in Andalusia. A total of 309,254 people have received one dose and are awaiting the second dose to be immunised. In addition, another 228,718 have already received two doses of the vaccine. Seville, with 50,256 people, and Malaga, with 40,682, are the provinces with the most citizens who are already immunised thanks to the vaccine. Almería, with 17,708, and Huelva, with 13,867 immunised, are the provinces with the fewest people who have received both doses. Photo:ABC Sevilla.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-andalucia-baja-numero-hospitalizados-y-ingresos-situan-debajo-pico-marzo-202102281308_noticia.html


Johnson & Johnson one-dose Covid vaccine ‘weeks away’ from starting in UK: A new Covid vaccine requiring just one dose could be just weeks away from being introduced in the UK. A Government source said the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) formal process of approving the new jab was “very likely” to start this week, according to a report in the Telegraph.
The news came as the Food and Drug Administration in the USA cleared the new one-shot vaccine for use over there.
J&J’s shot will be the only one-dose COVID vaccine available in the United States. It is also the easiest to ship and store, as it can be kept in a refrigerator rather than a freezer.
J&J expects to ship more than 20 million doses by March and 100 million by mid-year, enough to vaccinate nearly a third of Americans. Sources:


What you need to know about the changes to cars’ emission stickers in Spain: From July 1st, Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) will readjust the criteria for its environmental badge emission stickers of vehicles in the country. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a driver in Spain. Photo:DGT, Goran Horvat/Pixabay. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20210226/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-changes-to-cars-emission-stickers-in-spain


PAC- Ranchers with few rights will lose up to 40% of aid in 2021-22, according to the Board: {Summary from sevilla.abc.es}
-The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo stressed that the Andalusian Government will defend Andalusian farmers and stockbreeders “with determination” against an “unfair Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)” and emphasised that the commitment of Andalusian farming professionals to innovation and exports deserves the Government “to be at their side”.
The Regional Minister asked for “certainty” for the livestock sector, which could be seriously affected by the CAP Transition Royal Decree. According to the Junta’s estimates, holders of small sheep, goat and cattle farms with a small number of CAP entitlements could suffer a reduction of up to 40% in their aid in 2021 and 2022. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/agronoma/noticias/ganaderia/pac-ganaderos-ayudas/


Millions of Brits face vaping ban under plans to outlaw e-cigarettes: (I checked many related articles, they all refer back to this one. -Ed.)
Details of the potential ban have emerged from a report published by WHO’s tobacco regulatory committee.
It targets vapes which allow “the user to control device features and liquid ingredients”. This method, called open-vaping, is the preferred way for 77 per cent of the 3.2million Brits who use e-cigs. In an open system, the liquid to be vaporised is refilled manually by the user. There is also a removable mouthpiece.
WHO fears it allows for dangerous substances to be added so the products can become more harmful.
So it is now apparently proposing to prohibit open vaping in plans sent to governments across the globe, which will be considered at a conference in Glasgow later this year.
If adopted, the plans could mean problems for the estimated 2.4million Brits who vape and thousands of businesses which rely on the lucrative sector.
Full article: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14184804/millions-brits-facing-a-ban-on-vaping/


Bitcoin extends retreat from record high to hit lowest in 20 days: Bitcoin dropped 6.39% to $43,165.78 on Sunday, losing $2,944.20 from its previous close.
Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has fallen 26% from the year’s high of $58,354.14 on Feb. 21 when it soared amid increasing confidence that it will become a mainstream investment and payments vehicle. Full article:


Course on Costa del Sol for jet ski rescuers: Due to the rising use of jet skis off local beaches, the Fuengirola Council is to offer a two-day course on the management and maintenance of jet skis for rescue purposes.
The training is linked to the professional certificate MAPN0212 (handling of motor boats and jet skis for water rescue), specifically UF2534 (manoeuvring and navigation with boats and jet skis). Those interested can now email their application to info@urgatzrescue.com and should be aware that there will be a cost that must be paid before the start of the virtual classes. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/28/the-only-course-on-the-costa-del-sol-for-jet-ski-rescuers/


iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S21- Who has the better camera?: The $829 (£799, AU$1,349) iPhone 12 has two rear cameras and Samsung’s $800 (£769, AU$1,249) Galaxy S21 has three rear cameras. Are more cameras better? Or does a higher price mean better photos? Read the full review… Photo:Patrick Holland/CNET. Full article: https://www.cnet.com/news/this-apple-iphone-12-vs-samsung-galaxy-s21-camera-comparison-was-not-what-i-expected/


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/
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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