DigameXtra No. 1900 Tuesday, March 16th, 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/



Naythan publishes his 1000th issue, #1909, in just 9 days!
My how time flies.
To recognize this momentous occasion, for the days leading up to that 1000th issue, DigameXtra is having a fund raising drive.

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La Casa Hotel nd Restaurant Torrox Pueblo:
Just to let you all know, our opening times in the restaurant until further notice.
Friday and Saturday night we will be open until 9.30 with reservations.
-This weekend Friday and Saturday we have a special offer of 2 Irish Fillet steaks and a bottle of House wine for just 50 euro. A la Carte Menu available too and also our 3 course set menu at just 14.95 per person.
For bookings 952535471/662039741
LA CASA Hotel & Restaurant
Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga, España
Tel: +34 952 535 471 or +34 659 002 036


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Archgrove Services: A family run light haulage/transport company with bases in Archez, Spain and near Oxford, UK.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
Our services include:
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-Transport of personal property from full house moves to vehicles down to small single items
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Stainless Chafing Dish with 3 bins and 2 alcohol burners. Price €50
Marco & Lizet, Torrox Costa. More pics on request.
Tel: 676933241


For Sale, 2 items:
– Roof Box. Thule Liberty 700 roof box and roof rails. 75 euros.
-Trailer. Much loved and well used trailer but still plenty of life left in it. Length 200cms by width 125cms. Height 50cms and 90cms to the top of the rails. Top rails are removable and tailgates drops down. Comes with Trailer ITV paperwork. 350 euros.
Contact Ken on 628747975. Competa Campo but easy access on a tarmaced road.


For Sale, 3 items:
-Alpujarra rug. Very good condition, having had light use.
Thick pile rug, multi coloured 165 x 260. 30€
-Alpujarra rug. Very good condition, having had light use. Blue/tan/cream striped 170 x 230. 25€
-Girl’s Princess Dresses. Little girl’s Rapuzel, Frozen Anna and Cinderella dresses. Suitable approx 6-8 years. All in very good condition. 15€ the lot
Phone/Whatsapp Harold or Linda, Torre del Mar 647420188


Recommendations & Requests


Lost Connection: Would John Hayes or his wife Denise Elizabeth Hayes please contact me. Or would anyone pass on the message, that I need to speak to them.
Very important. Re their TIE card. I have lost all data from my phone and have no contact number for them. Thank you
Pamela Walshe 609040709 Algarrobo


Recommendation for Archgrove Services: Thank you so much Steve at Archgrove Services for your excellent service. Great communication throughout the whole process, no problems whatsoever bringing our furniture from Swansea to Nerja. I would definitely use your services again. Brilliant.
Vicky, Nerja, hvafaustinAThotmailD0TcoD0Tuk (Archgrove contact info can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section of DigameXtra.)


Loan of Pet Cage: Can anybody out there help?
I am helping care for these puppies. Had them for around 7 weeks. They are now 10 weeks old and have grown out of their cage. Can anyone lend me a large one for a few weeks until we can find foster/forever homes please? Thank you
Amanda amandawood96 @ yahoo.co.uk


Car Hire: We needed an automatic car from a local hire company urgently when our car was temporarily out of action. We contacted Estrella on Algarrobo Costa and they delivered a car, 2 grades up for same price as one ordered, to a prearranged location in Competa village. The paperwork and details were exchanged very quickly. A very professional and obliging company. Tel. 0034952511209, Isabel.
Submitted by Joe, Competa. jomcna@msn.com


News & Articles

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Andalusia halts AstraZeneca’s vaccination of 123,210 doses after Health Ministry decision: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
Updated 15/03/2021 23:38
-The Ministry of Health and Families of the Andalusian Regional Government has paralysed the AstraZeneca vaccination after the decision taken this Monday afternoon by the Ministry of Health to suspend the administration of these vaccines for two weeks pending the report issued by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) on the suitability of continuing their inoculation. Thus, Andalusia will not administer the 123,210 AstraZeneca doses that remained to be inoculated and has proceeded to cancel as of this afternoon the appointments that were already closed. Of these doses, 40,500 had arrived today at the reception centre and had not yet been distributed, while 82,710 doses have been located and stopped at various vaccination points.
ABV Lot 5300
-As of today, a total of 211,600 AstraZeneca doses have been administered in Andalusia, of which 46,030 correspond to the ABV 5300 batch, and so far no serious adverse reaction alert has been identified in the Andalusian Pharmacovigilance Network linked to these doses. The Andalusian Regional Government decided last Friday to stop administering the remaining 1,200 doses of this batch as a precautionary measure.
-The Regional Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, was informed of this decision at the extraordinary Interterritorial Committee held this afternoon and expressed his “total confidence” in the decision taken in this regard by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), while trusting that “this situation will be reversed as soon as possible”.
-People who have already received the first dose of AztraZeneca’s vaccine do not have to follow any specific protocol a priori, nor is active surveillance necessary.
-On the other hand, the Junta de Andalucía will continue as normal during the next few days the current vaccination protocol with the administration of Pfizer and Moderna to the corresponding groups.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-paraliza-vacunacion-123210-dosis-astrazeneca-tras-decision-ministerio-sanidad-202103152054_noticia.html


Andalusia warns of Government cuts in the next shipments of vaccines against Covid: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 15/03/2021 21:02
-The Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has asked the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, by letter this Monday for explanations for the decrease in the arrival of vaccines to 15.5% of the national total, when “the Andalusian population is at 18%”, because “we do not know the criteria that the Ministry is using”.
-Last week 175,430 vaccines arrived in Andalusia and this week 157,000, which means “about 20,000 fewer vaccines, an issue that worries us”, adding that among those immunised “we are at 4.12%, that is to say, both vaccines have been given”.
-Aguirre indicated that for the last week they have had the figures for the possible arrival of vaccines, especially from Pfizer, for March and April, while he explained that today he has sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, signed by him, because “we have noticed in the last two weeks that in Andalusia we were receiving the number of vaccines according to population and we have noticed a drop proportional to that which we have had lately in the number of vaccines”.
-“We had already noticed this in the last two weeks, but when we received the list from Pfizer in April we saw that we had dropped to 15.5% when the Andalusian population is at 18%,” lamented the Minister of Health, who added that he “does not know what criteria the Ministry is using” and that it “has not told them anything”. “We don’t know why this drop in Andalusia’s share of vaccines is being made,” he said.
-He added that “it is very important because the vaccine is a scarce commodity and we are fighting as hard as we can to ensure that as many vaccines as possible come to the region”, while indicating that “in this new distribution, Asturias, the Basque Country, Galicia, Catalonia and Valencia have benefited”. Meanwhile, “we have lost a percentage of vaccines in proportion to those that were arriving until now, Andalusia, Murcia and Navarre, and hence the letter to the minister,” he added.
-“We ask for maximum transparency in the distribution of vaccines and that it be done according to population data, as has been done so far, and we do not understand why such a significant drop in the percentage of vaccines in some autonomous communities and increases without us having debated it within the relevant bodies,” Aguirre insisted.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-andalucia-advierte-recortes-gobierno-proximos-envios-vacunas-contra-covid-202103151330_noticia.html


Andalucía adds 480 cases of Covid-19 and nine deaths in a day: The Andalusian region has added another 480 positive cases of coronavirus this Monday, 15 March, a daily figure higher than that of last Monday (454), according to data from the Junta de Andalucía.
The regional government’s Ministry of Health has also reported nine deaths, a low figure but higher than that of Sunday (five).
The cumulative incidence rate of the disease has risen for the second day in a row and stands at 121.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, 0.2 points more than the day before but 9.2 points below the rate from last Monday (130.9).
The 480 positives registered this Monday come after the 842 on Sunday, 890 on Saturday, 1,065 on Friday, 1,095 on Thursday, 977 on Wednesday, 579 on Tuesday and 454 last Monday.
Seville is the province that has registered the most positives with 140, followed by Almeria with 116, Malaga with 84, Cadiz with 57, Granada with 48, Cordoba with 21, Jaén with 11 and Huelva with three.
Of the nine deaths, five are added in Cadiz, two in Granada, one in Cordoba and another in Malaga.
Andalucía has 1,145 patients in hospital with the coronavirus this Monday, 39 more than on Sunday, but 170 fewer than a week ago. Some 286 are in a intensive care unit, five more than the day before and 52 less than seven days ago.
Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/15/andalucia-adds-cases-covid-20210315171814.html


British man dies after falling into two-metre hole in Nerja: A 74-year-old British man has died after falling into a two-metre deep hole when he was walking home with his wife in Nerja. His wife also fell and lay unconscious for nine hours, until she woke and called the 112 emergency services.
The tragic incident happened on 6 March on the San Juan de Capistrano development, located to the north of Nerja.
The accident happened on a path that connects the San Francisco and Vía Real areas. Photo:SUR/EUGENIO CABEZAS. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202103/15/british-dies-after-falling-20210315100935.html


Covid-19 vaccines for UK nationals in Spain – what the British Embassy says: An Embassy spokesperson said: “The Spanish Government’s Vaccination Strategy is clear that, as a matter of public health, all people living in Spain are eligible for the vaccine, regardless of nationality or residency status. At the current time, those in the priority groups are being vaccinated – irrespective of nationality or type of sickness insurance. The Vaccination Strategy is updated regularly to include new priority groups as the number of doses available gradually increases.
“Those UK nationals who are already registered in the public health system should be contacted by their regional health service to arrange an appointment. The Spanish authorities are asking insurance companies to coordinate with regional health services in order to provide vaccines to their customers. We are in touch with the Spanish authorities regarding progress of the rollout and what that means for UK nationals. Meanwhile UK Nationals living in Spain can contact their local health centre or insurer for more information.” Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-03-15/covid-19-vaccines-for-uk-nationals-in-spain-what-the-british-embassy-says.html


IPTV News- Mobdro used users computers for botnet and DDoS attacks: The Mobdro takedown continues. While any number of advertising companies could have been working with Mobdro, that wasn’t the only way the app generated income. As reported in April 2019, Mobdro was criticized in a security study for including a system that made it possible for a “threat actor” (whoever Mobdro was selling your connection info to) to log in to a user’s device and then navigate away from the device to the Internet, effectively posing as the user online. (Many free VPNs do the same thing, using your computer to forward data to the final receiver, to hide themselves from being the source of pirate content. To an investigator it would appear as if YOU were the source of the pirate content. Remember, on the Internet, if you receive something for free, then YOU are the product! -Ed)
While this sounds scary, this was actually a ‘feature’ that Mobdro users opted into, to avoid seeing any advertising in the app. Users who made that choice found themselves being asked to consent to a EULA before their idle devices could be utilized by the Luminati proxy network. From there on in, their IP addresses and bandwidth could be used by others, as per the agreement.
“Through the computer infrastructure and power, [the operators of Mobdro] were able to sell user information to a company related to botnet and DDoS attacks,” Europol explains in a new press release.
Counter to these claims, Luminati denies any illegal activity.
Full article: https://torrentfreak.com/mobdro-luminati-proxy-service-suspended-service-to-pirate-app-210315/


Spanish Politics- Deputy PM Pablo Iglesias makes surprise move to run in the Madrid regional elections: In the most recent development, Spain’s second Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, who is the leader of the leftist Unidas Podemos party, on Monday morning said he is quitting the Socialist Party-led coalition government in order to run as the Podemos candidate in an early election announced for the Madrid region.
Iglesias said he made the decision “to prevent the far right from taking over the institutions.” He added that he will be reaching out to Íñigo Errejón, leader of the leftist Más País and one of the original founders of Podemos, to make a joint run for the regional premiership in order to defeat the incumbent, Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the Popular Party (PP). Full article: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2021-03-15/deputy-pm-pablo-iglesias-makes-surprise-move-to-run-in-the-madrid-regional-elections.html


Fed-up passengers denounce at least 15 public transport firms in Spain: Ministry of Transport, confirmed today, Monday, March 15, that at least 15 public transport companies have been denounced and sanctioned after slashing the frequency of their buses.
Hundreds of passengers have reportedly taken to social media over the last few days to air their anger at having to use “overcrowded public transport” because of the cuts.
The minister also told the radio station that the government is “finishing some adjustments” to plans for the Armed Forces to step in “to transport citizens” and reinforced night timetables in light of new restrictions.
He warned that all companies at fault have been sanctioned and “sanctions will continue for those that do not comply with the service”. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/fed-up-passengers-denounce-at-least-15-public-transport-firms-in-spain/


Butane Gas Bottles Increase In Price By 4.69 Per Cent From Tomorrow, Tuesday 16: The price of a 12.5kg butane gas bottle will increase by 4.96 per cent from tomorrow, Tuesday 16, making the price €13.96 per bottle, the third consecutive price rise, the highest the price has been since January 2019. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/butane-gas-cylinders-increase-price-4-69-per-cent-tomorrow/


Google caught defrauding users, faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ browser use: Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use even through browsers set were in “private” mode. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit-idUSKBN23933H


UK vicar claims Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s secret wedding never happened: A UK vicar has thrown cold water on Meghan Markle’s claim that she and Prince Harry secretly tied the knot in their backyard days before their lavish public exchange of vows – insisting he was assured “no wedding took place.” Full article: https://pagesix.com/2021/03/15/meghan-markle-prince-harrys-secret-wedding-never-happened-vicar/


Football News- Real Madrid Crisis As Only 11 Players Fit For Champions League Match: The details are outlined by Diario AS, with boss Zinedine Zidane once again having just 11 senior outfield players to call upon for the clash. Full article: https://www.football-espana.net/2021/02/26/real-madrid-injury-crisis-continues-only-11-fit-senior-outfield-players-for-real-sociedad-clash

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

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Ambulance: 061
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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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