DigameXtra No. 1896 Friday, March 12th, 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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St. Patrick’s Day Event: 4 Bar crawl in Nerja. Wed., 17MAR. FB Page


La Cochera: This Sunday March 14 starting at 13:30 Miles & Dave Appel will be performing in the open-air garden at La Cochera – La Herradura. See you there! Paseo Andrés Segovia, Playa de la Herradura, 18697 La Herradura. Tel. +34 692037823  FB Page


Cheltenham Ladies Day: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2 PM
Kizzy. Caribbean Kitchen. A taste of the Caribbean, on the Costa Del Sol, We don’t just make tasty traditional Caribbean meals for you in our kitchen, we make great Cocktails too & Ask about our rum collection.
Top Floor, El Zoco, Calahonda 29649 Mijas  FB Page


Torrox City Council Announces program of Restaurant Support and Promotion: A different restaurant is featured each week. 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


Andale Livery-Riding Centre: Open 7 days a week near Nerja for Mountain and Beach rides any age from 3 yrs old (We have miniature ponies) and all adults from complete beginners to experienced all levels catered for. WhatsApp us 671 229 762. We also give lessons. FB Page


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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MOONETTE Organic & Aromatic Skincare for 40+
We are a Torrox-based company specialising in the creation of formulae which help prevent premature skin ageing
We are committed to making effective products at affordable prices
Subscribe to Moonette’s Newsletter or follow us on FB / Instagram to get updates and exclusive offers
As our skin is the first layer of our defence against microbial infections, ultraviolet radiation and environmental contamination it plays a vital role in our health. As we grow older, however, our skin becomes thinner, wrinkled, and more sensitive; hence it requires the use of treatments containing specific ingredients to the care of treating mature skin.
Recognising this need we have created a range of formulae which help:
-slow down ageing process by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
-improve facial complexion and eliminate blemishes.
At Moonette, we are passionate about health, beauty and plants. Your skin will benefit from the properties of botanic essential oils combined with a selection of nutrients for deep hydration, cell revitalization and antioxidant effect, all sourced from the finest natural ingredients with gorgeous fragrances.
Naturally, we care about our planet and feel the need to help reduce the sheer volumes of plastics waste that are generated daily around the globe. Presently, we are minimizing the usage of plastic materials in our production while seeking alternative forms of packaging. To help reduce pollution we are asking all local customers to recycle or reuse their Moonette skincare containers, and offering a small discount on future purchases to customers recycling containers.
Free small testers are available on request. Please call us to find out more or to order: Tel 650 044 102. Follow us on Instagram @moonetteskincare.
Margaret Gosling
www.moonette.es & Moonette FB Link


Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-4 bamboo chairs 80€ for the 4
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale: Cash Register Olivetti ECR 6100 in very good condition. €50
Please contact Henning, Algarrobo costa
Tel. 681 040 976
Email: ah.competafoodclub@gmail.com


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SPW Construction: Many thanks SPW for the repair to my roof. I can highly recommend this company. The service was professional, communication and explanation of the work carried out, excellent. Kay, Nerja
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Eight European countries suspend vaccination with AstraZeneca after two thrombus deaths: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
-The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing its recommendation on the AstraZeneca vaccine and expects to issue a new statement on the matter today or tomorrow. The EMA announced in a first statement on Wednesday that a preliminary investigation into a batch of AstraZeneca vaccines used in Austria had found that the vaccines were not linked to the death of a nurse vaccinated with them or to the serious condition of a second patient in the same hospital. “There is no indication at this stage that the vaccination caused these conditions, which are not classified as side effects,” it said.
-This seemed to put to rest the case of the 49-year-old nurse who died “due to severe blood circulation problems” days after receiving the vaccine. Then a second woman also had to be hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism after being vaccinated, and Austrian health authorities recalled the entire batch, part of a batch of one million doses that has been distributed among 17 countries. Denmark was the first country to follow in Austria’s footsteps – which recalled a batch of doses of the drug – even though the EMA insists that “a quality defect is considered unlikely at this stage”.
-After Denmark, now Norway, Iceland, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg have joined the suspension of vaccination with AstraZeneca.
-Italy, meanwhile, has blocked the use of a batch following the deaths of two people, a 43-year-old soldier and a 50-year-old policeman, both in Sicily.
-The Danish Health Service (SST) has decided to suspend, for 14 days, not the use of this batch, but of all AstraZeneca vaccines, after recording “serious cases of thrombosis” in people who had received it, one of which resulted in the death of the patient. The SST has made all the information available to the EMA, but for the moment it prefers to apply a “precautionary principle” and will not vaccinate any more people with this brand until the end of March. “We are in the biggest and most important vaccination campaign in Danish history and we need all the vaccines we can get, so it is not an easy decision to suspend one of them, but we have to react very carefully when there is evidence of possible serious effects,” said SST director Soren Brostrom.
-After receiving the Danish reports, the EMA is studying this documentation on the clotting problems diagnosed in coincidence with the receipt of a vaccine from AstraZeneca and expects to issue “today or tomorrow” an advice on the use of the drug in the European Union. The EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) is now meeting in Amsterdam to analyse the new information available that could affect the ABV5300 batch. The PRAC is now reviewing all reported cases of conditions and all cases of thromboembolic events and blood clot-related conditions reported by patients in the days following vaccination.
-The Dutch authorities also recorded on Thursday a case of thrombosis diagnosed after an injection with AstraZeneca’s vaccine, but it was not a serious case requiring hospitalisation. However, the Dutch centre that registers the side effects of vaccines, Lareb, is investigating it further.
-AstraZenec has told the Dutch television NOS that it is in close contact with the EMA, and in attempting to divert blame, recalled that it is the European regulator that decides on the practical consequences of these reported clotting problems in vaccinated people. “It is not up to us to decide or advise on the use of vaccines, that is for the health authorities.” Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/sociedad/abci-dinamarca-suspende-vacunacion-astrazeneca-posibles-efectos-secundarios-trombos-202103111121_noticia.html


COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is now authorised across the EU: This follows the granting of a conditional marketing authorisation by the European Commission on 11 March 2021.
After a thorough evaluation, EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) concluded by consensus that the data on the vaccine were robust and met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is the fourth vaccine recommended in the EU for preventing COVID-19.
“With this latest positive opinion, authorities across the European Union will have another option to combat the pandemic and protect the lives and health of their citizens,” said Emer Cooke, EMA’s Executive Director, adding, “this is the first vaccine which can be used as a single dose”.
The US, UK, and Bahrain have already approved the shot and are using it in their inoculation campaigns.
The one-shot inoculation can be stored in normal refrigerators for up to three months, compared to its two-dose counterparts that require frigid temperatures and expire quickly.
Although the single-dose vaccine is expected to speed up inoculation campaigns across Europe, the bloc will have to wait — the EU is expecting its first batch of a massive 200 million-dose shipment of the shot next month.
Full article: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/ema-recommends-covid-19-vaccine-janssen-authorisation-eu
Additional info from: https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/eu-approves-single-dose-johnson-johnson-vaccine/


These are the national Covid-19 control measure changes approved for Easter in Spain: Easter 2021 in Spain, Friday 26 March to Friday 9 April, will face significant restrictions throughout the country to try and prevent a rise in coronavirus infections after the holiday period.
-Movement between all the mainland Spanish regions is banned apart from for justified reasons which can include work, health and care of dependent people. Therefore, you will not be able to leave or enter Andalucía during the Easter holidays. The regional government is considering allowing mobility between provinces, within the region, but it has not yet been approved.
-Meetings in closed public spaces are limited to the maximum number of four people who are not living together and six in the case of open spaces. As for private spaces, such as homes, meetings are limited to cohabiting people.
-Mobility at night, the well-known curfew, is established between 11pm and 6 am. Regions can extend these curfew hours if they deem it necessary. In the case of Andalucía, the curfew currently starts at 10pm, but it could be delayed until 11pm at Easter with the new order.
-Spain’s Ministry of Health and the regions have established two periods for measures to come into force. The first is between 17 and 21 March in the regions where there is a San José holiday (Madrid, Valencian Community, Murcia, Navarra, Extremadura, Galicia and the Basque Country) but not in Andalucía. The other period is the one that corresponds to Easter from Friday 26 March to Friday 9 April.
Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202103/11/these-national-covid-control-20210311102352.html
Additional reference: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-03-11/spains-regions-agree-to-restrict-travel-over-easter-week-but-madrid-rejects-measure.html


Eight new Covid deaths, a slight increase in infections and 749 patients cured in Malaga province: Malaga province has witnessed a small rise in the number of coronavirus infections on the same day, 11 March, that eight more Covid-19 related deaths were reported.
The 227 positives are 50 more than the 177 on Wednesday and the highest number since Saturday when 271 were registered. On Sunday there were 124; on Monday, 64; Tuesday, 188 and Wednesday, 177.
Since the start of the pandemic, 85,969 infections have been confirmed in Malaga province and the total of cases in Andalucía now stands at 484,425 once the 1,095 positives of the last 24 hours have been added.
The current cumulative incidence rate in Malaga province is 100.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, while the Andalusian average is 121.6.
The eight deaths reported brings the number to 79 so far this month and the total death toll stands at 1,478 in Malaga province since the first was confirmed on 13 March almost a year ago. In the Andalusian region 36 deaths were registered making a total of 8,836 people who have lost their lives with Covid-19.
Malaga has added 749 more people cured of the disease and 2,643 have recovered across Andalucia making totals of 61,731 and 349,206, respectively. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/11/eight-covid-deaths-slight-20210311171903.html


Exiled Whistleblower Edward Snowden Explains- Data Collection, How Facebook Knows Far More About You Than You Than You Can Possibly Imagine, And Why That Matters To You: Keeping in mind that Google’s new Security & Development Center is moving into the old Malaga Army base as we speak, as covered in previous issues, this region could become a testing ground for all kinds of new invasions of privacy. Click here if video below fails to load.

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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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
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Guardia Civil: 062
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Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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