DigameXtra No. 1889 Friday, March 5th, 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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El Plantano Car Boot Sale Postponed: As there is rain predicted this Sunday our market has been cancelled and rescheduled for the 14th March at El Plantano restaurant. We look forward to seeing you all then. Sandra, sandra.hendeyATgmailD0Tcom


Safari Lounge beach club: Live music with Duo Golden Cuba.
Sat, Mar 6th 3pm. Tel +34606852412
Poniente seafront 29740 Torre del Mar


Free Haggis, Neeps & Tatties at The Fountain Nerja:
Friday Fun for everyone with Sharon & George 󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Free Food between 14.00 – 18.00 while stocks last!
Bar open until 21.30 hrs
A hidden bar in the heart of Nerja with a secluded patio serving selected quality wines, beers and cocktails accompanied by our unique range of snacks.
Calle Pintada 22 Local 4, 29780 Nerja  FB Page


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Greek House: Greek Casita Restaurant in Torrox Costa! CLOSED UNTIL 17 MARCH for remodeling. 
Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialities. Winter hours with current curfew: Thursday thru Sunday 13.00-17.00. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. For reservation call telephone number 642585049. You can choose meat specialties (Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! https://la-casita-griega.business.site/



Malagalingo: Don’t worry about being confined, we have some plans for you!
Malagalingo wants to help you to speak Spanish while you enjoy being at home
Online or Onsite
From absolute Beginner to Advance
You can meet new people and speak Spanish in a very relaxed way
We offer group and one to one lessons.
Message us and we will give you more information about all our options, don’t let boredom come to your house!
Web: https://malagalingo.com
Email: malagalingo@gmail.com
Tel./Whats: + (34) 650 479 493



Casa Magel B&B: The borders are opening
Freedom is coming.
Casa Magel is open for business and is again offering their very popular special stays.
-2 nights B&B, with 1 night 3 course evening meal including wine at a cost of 130€ for 2 staying in an en- suite bedroom.
-3 nights B&B with 1 night 3 course evening meal including wine, plus tapas and drinks, in a local bar or in house, at a cost of 175€ for 2 staying in an en-suite room.
-Extra nights 50€ per night
-As an extra this year we are offering the chance for guests on the 3 night stay to either paint a ceramic tile or paint a t-shirt. We supply the paints and tiles with instruction or bring a t-shirt and we will show how to paint a personal memento (great for covering a stubborn stain!!). The extra cost will be 25€ for each person. Check out www.mehoward31.wixsite.com/art-el-valle
Our breaks are great for presents or to celebrate a special occasion.
Come to Casa Magel, enjoy comfortable well decorated rooms, wonderful mountain views, good food, and friendly hosts.
We have an outside fully equipped Andalucian kitchen exclusively for guests use, with meals & drinks to purchase or bring your own.
Casa Magel is the right place to come to relax and enjoy the freedom of our lovely countryside, lots of wonderful walks and close to the Camino Del Rey in El Chorro. Or spend a day sightseeing in the beautiful town of Antequera which has the most churches in Spain, 27 in all.
So much to appreciate after being cooped up for so long. We have lots of room for safe distancing, all hygiene measures are taken.
Check out our website www.casamagel.com
Tel: 722879503


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Rofer & Rodi chimenea, it was removed Thursday to be replaced with a pellet stove it is in very good condition, very clean and everything works ok. It has a two speed fan plus two take off tubes to heat additional rooms, it’s only 6 years old. I have all the original paperwork, it is heavy; in Nerja.
Looking for €100 I can send more pictures of the fire plus the sizes etc
michaelkelly5 at talk talk dot net
Mike, Nerja


For Sale: Coffee machine. For Ground Coffee, with dispenser for hot milk. 35 euros. La Viñuela.
WhatsApp 664 867 353. Gina


Wanted: Under counter freezer, reasonable. Bridget
Sayalonga 636624736


News & Articles

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Huelva, Córdoba and part of Seville, Málaga, Cádiz and Jaén go to level 2 and will have new schedules: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated: 04/03/2021 18:44
-These new Level 2 covid restrictions in Andalusia will come into effect at midnight this Friday, that is, at 00:00 in the morning from March 4 to 5, for areas so designated.
-The entire province of Huelva, the Aljarafe, Seville South, Seville East and Seville capital health districts in the province of Seville; Guadalquivir, Córdoba, Córdoba North , Córdoba South in Córdoba; La Vega, Valle del Guadalhorce, Malaga and Axarquía in Malaga; and Jaén Norte, Jaén and Jaén Nordeste in the province of Jaén as well as part of the Campo de Gibraltar in Cádiz, will be in phase 2 of health alert from this Friday, according to the Junta de Andalucía.
-As announced this Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and Families , in these health districts the commercial and hospitality hours will be extended until half past nine at night. In the rest of Andalusia, for the moment, the is maintained closure of non-essential commerce at six in the afternoon as well as bars and restaurants .
-As indicated by the President of the Board, Juanma Moreno , with this new classification, almost half of Andalusia -384 municipalities- are free to schedule until half past nine at night. And that implies, it has shelled, both the hotel industry and the essential trade or not and the rest of commercial activities . “There they all enter, gyms, shops …”, has detailed the Andalusian president.
-” It is essential to act with caution to preserve this openness and to be able to apply it to all of Andalusia as soon as possible,” Moreno said in a Twitter message.
-Of the Andalusian capitals, only Granada, Almería and Cádiz are left out of phase 2 and must continue with their non-essential trade and closed hospitality, according to the map provided by the Junta de Andalucía. In the rest of the capitals – Huelva, Seville, Córdoba, Jaén and Malaga – bars, restaurants and non-essential shops can already close at half past nine at night.
-In addition, and regardless of the alert phase you are in, from this Friday throughout Andalusia the meetings will be expanded from four to six people.
-On the other hand, in level 3 there are Sierra de Cádiz, Jerez Northeast Coast, Bahía de Cádiz -La Janda and the westernmost half of Campo de Gibraltar in the province of Cádiz; also the Costa del Sol in Malaga; Jaén Sur in Jaén; Granada, Granada Northeast , and Granada South in Granada; and Almería and Levante-Alto Almanzara in the province of Almería. And at level 4 the Sierra Norte de Sevilla, the remain Serranía de Málaga and Poniente de Almería. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-huelva-cordoba-y-gran-parte-sevilla-malaga-y-jaen-pasan-fase-2-y-podran-abrir-comercios-hasta-2130-202103041711_noticia.html


Andalusia adds 985 coronavirus infections, the best Thursday since the beginning of December: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-Andalusia has today added 985 coronavirus infections . This is the lowest figure for a Thursday since the beginning of last December, three months ago. Furthermore, the community has not exceeded a thousand cases per day since last February, six days ago.
-Seville is the province that has added the most cases, with 204, followed by Malaga with 193, Granada with 146, Cádiz with 133 and Almería with 126. The rest of the provinces are located 76 in Córdoba, Jaén with 72 and Huelva with 35.
-The curve of the third wave is clearly downward, although there are signs of a slowdown in the decline in the data . Although there are fewer positives, the cases are falling less strongly than a month ago. Then the decline in contagions was so marked that the decline in the wave – like the rise – was almost vertical. That is no longer the case. There are fewer cases, but they descend with less power.
-Despite this loss of speed, the incidence rate remains low. In fact, this Thursday is in 134 cases for every one hundred thousand inhabitants, ten points less than yesterday. In addition, in the 7-day incidence rate -which marks the trend of the pandemic in the shorter term, it has already fallen from 50 points , which augurs that at least in the next few days the news will continue to be positive.
-Yet again the slowdown. In going down from almost 1,000 points to only 200 Andalusia took four weeks. An average of 200 points per week. Now in those same seven days it has only been reduced by 70 points . The community improves its data, but more slowly.
-The same slowed-down effect of improvement is experienced in hospitals. The community has this Thursday 1,625 admitted , 92 less than yesterday . The figure is positive, there is no doubt about that. They are less. But in recent weeks the drop in admitted for a Thursday was, on average, closer to 200 – and even 300 people – than a hundred.
In the ICU, this slowdown has not yet been noticed. It is logical, because those admitted to intensive care is one of the parameters that show the trend changes the longest. Thus, Andalusia today has 391 hospitalized in the ICU, 19 less than yesterday. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-suma-985-contagios-coronavirus-mejor-jueves-desde-primeros-diciembre-202103041201_noticia.html


Juan Marín assures that Andalusia decides in a week whether to allow mobility between provinces: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The vice president of the Board, Juan Marín, has indicated that the decision on the opening between provinces within Andalusia could be taken in seven or ten days, although he has said that for this we must see the evolution of the British strain in the next days.
-To questions from journalists, Marín pointed out that one of the experts’ recommendations this Wednesday was to evaluate the evolution of the strain in order to determine to what extent the perimeter closure can be opened of the autonomous community .
-In this sense, he added that, in his opinion, for this “we would have to consider an opening within our community of the provincial perimeter closures after a view to the next two or three weeks maximum.”
-However, he pointed out that ” this would be reasonable if the evolution of the British strain evidently allows it”, since ” there is uncertainty with the behavior of this strain of the virus and at the moment there are already 40-50% of infections of the last 14 days that come from this strain, which has a behavior in terms of hospitalizations and ICU stay longer than the previous one.”
“Today we have dropped from the 400 admitted to the ICU, we see better data but they are very similar to the worst of the first wave, which it already seems that we have forgotten, but we had 438 in the ICU. We must be cautious and prudent , because a new wave could take us to a higher figure and we would put the lives of many people at risk, and we are not going to do that, ”said Marín.
-Thus, he has stated that he hopes that a decision can be made in the next ” seven or ten days” regarding the opening between provinces, “and from there see if within the inter-territorial commission a coordination can be proposed so that in Semana Santa we can carry out a controlled opening “, for which” the health card, the QR code issued by the Junta de Andalucía would be a fantastic tool for anyone who is already immunized could move “.
-Marín has stated that ” the most important thing is that yesterday the expert committee has already moved a series of proposals that have been launched”, such as the extension of hours in business and commercial activities in those health districts that are at level 2 . In this sense, he has indicated that in Andalusia there are currently 19 of the 33 health districts that are at level 2. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-juan-marin-asegura-andalucia-decide-semana-si-permite-movilidad-entre-provincias-202103041247_noticia.html


These are the 27 towns in Andalucia with border lockdowns from this Friday: From Friday morning, March 5, some 27 municipalities in Andalucía will have perimeter closures limiting mobility and nine of them also will have all non-essential activity suspended too, for exceeding the cumulative incidence rates of 500 and 1,000 cases of Covid-19 for 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
According to the latest data from the Junta de Andalucía’s Ministry of Health, the 27 towns above the rate of 500 incidence rate cases are distributed throughout all the provinces except Huelva, which does not have any. Granada province registers eight, Seville seven, Almeria five, Malaga three, Jaén two and Cadiz and Cordoba with one each. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/04/these-towns-andalucia-with-20210304174903.html


Weather warning for heavy rain in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol: Spain’s national weather agency, Aemet, has issued a yellow weather warning for this Friday with almost guaranteed downpours in Mijas, Marbella, Estepona and Ronda.
The most intense downpours are expected in the westernmost part of the region, according to Aemet which predicts an instability in the weather that could last until Monday or Tuesday. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/04/weather-warning-heavy-rain-20210304133010.html


Greece shaken by 6.2-magnitude earthquake: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck central Greece near the central town of Larissa. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but several aftershocks have been reported. People were seen rushing out of homes and office buildings into the streets in Larissa.
The earthquake had an epicentre 16 kilometres south of the town of Elassona and struck just after 12:15 local time (11:15 CET), according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center. Photo:AFP
Full article: https://www.euronews.com/2021/03/03/greece-earthquake-strong-6-2-magnitude-tremor-near-larissa-felt-in-western-balkans


Tsunami alert- mass evacuation order issued for New Zealand’s North Island following earthquake: A powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island, prompting a second tsunami warning hours after an earlier alert was withdrawn.
The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) issued a national warning on Friday morning, saying people on the east coast of North Island “must move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Do not stay at home”.
The US Geological Survey said this larger quake, following two others earlier on, was located near the remote Kermadec Islands at a depth of 12 miles (19km).
The US Tsunami Warning System also said the quake could cause tsunami waves reaching between 3ft (1 metre) and 10ft in height in French Polynesia, and waves of up to 3ft in Niue, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. Photo:USGS. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/04/new-zealand-tsunami-warning-after-69-magnitude-earthquake


Glow-in-the-dark shark species discovered off New Zealand coast: Scientists say they have discovered that three species of deepwater shark glow in the dark, including the largest known luminous vertebrae. The kitefin shark, blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark were already known to marine biologists, but have now been found to be bioluminescent, or able to emit light. Photo:Frontiers of Marine Science. Full article: https://www.itv.com/news/2021-03-03/glow-in-the-dark-shark-species-discovered-off-new-zealand-coast


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?


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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
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Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
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Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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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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