DigameXtra No. 1914 Tuesday, March 30th, 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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Easter Holiday Info for Andalucia:
-April 1, La Festividad del Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)
-April 2, El Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
– April 4, Easter Sunday
-April 5, Easter Monday


La Casa Hotel and Restaurant Torrox Pueblo:
Our restaurant will be open this Easter week 1pm until 6pm and reservation only Thursday Friday and Saturday Night.
Easter Sunday (sorry fully booked).
Set menu this week-
To start Chicken liver and Pork Pate or pil pil
Main course Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Taglitelli or Chicken Biryani
Deserts Icky Sticky toffee Pudding or Ice cream with Forest fruits
17.50 per person
A la Carte Menu also available.
To book 662039741 or 952535471
LA CASA Hotel & Restaurant
Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga.
Tel: +34 952 535 471 or +34 659 002 036


Free admission to Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona: 75,562 free admission tickets available now that the Selwo Adventure Park has reopened.
Free tickets are available at these locations- Estepona Town Hall, the Puertosol building and at the Cancelada Mayor’s Office. Park has various accommodation options for overnight stays. See on website. Great for families who don’t want to do a long drive home after their day out.
Website in English: https://www.selwo.es/en


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: New Bicycle. 26 inch aluminium double suspension with twenty one gears. Purchased from Carrefour (still with sales label) but not used / ridden. €50 with proceeds going to animal rescue. John 711 044 085 (Benajarafe)


For Sale: Two wooden doors without frame.
-one outdoor without glass and lock (190x82x4) 10 euros
-one indoor with glass and grip (195x82x3,5)15 euros
Lisbet, Torrox Campo.
Please contact lisbetlindberg28@gmail.com


For Sale: Camping Gaz BBQ, expert plus, has had very little use. Original cost 140€. Will sell for 90€ ono. Empty gas bottle included. Buyer collects. Linda, Torrox Park.
Tel 711 002 205, and on WhatsApp. Photo:Amazon.


FREE: Fridge freezer for free, just needs collection from Almayate. Works well. Dimensions H 169 D 61 W 59. Contact Zoe if interested.
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Wanted: Fridge. I am looking for a fridge, normal size, good condition, reasonable price.
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Recommendations & Requests


Covid Vaccine Certificates: When my husband had his second Covid jab in Torrox Pueblo they were telling people that after one week they could get a certificate from the nurse at their local health centre. They didn’t mention anything about appointments.
I went along to El Morche Consultario this morning to get his, there was nobody on reception, in fact the place was almost deserted, so I sought out a nurse who seemed to know nothing about this, in fact she barely knew what I was talking about. Has anybody else had better luck?
carolemhart@yahoo.com ; Carole, El Morche


News & Articles

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Andalusia exceeds the half-million infected with coronavirus after adding 555 this Monday: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es} Updated 29/03/2021 13:40
-On Monday, Andalusia passed the half million mark for the number of people infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Exactly 500,447 Andalusians have contracted the virus, according to data from the Regional Ministry of Health and Families.
-The region has reached this milestone after 555 new coronavirus positives on Monday, the highest figure for a Monday since the end of February. In the weekly comparison there is also a worsening since 380 cases were reported last Monday, 175 less than today.
-The upward trend in the number of cases, which started last week, is continuing this week. This is already clearly reflected in the cumulative incidence of the pandemic, a “thermometer” that measures the speed and virulence of the health crisis.
-On Friday this marker stood at 124 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, this Monday it has already reached 137 points. This is a discreet increase, but one that points to the growth of the fourth wave.
-Another 13 dead. Of the more than half a million people infected, 9,274 have lost their lives to Covid-19, giving a mortality rate of 1.8 per cent in infected persons. The number of deaths, 13 on Monday, has now been below 50 a day for two weeks, which also confirms the decrease in the number of deaths in the community. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-supera-medio-millon-contagiados-coronavirus-tras-sumar-555-este-lunes-202103291220_noticia.html


Spanish Covid Update- Health reports 15,501 new cases and 189 deaths since Friday: {First 3 paragraphs of article only, translated from laprovincia.es} Updated 29MAR21, 18:34
-Spain is close to high risk of coronavirus transmission (more than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days) as the cumulative incidence has increased to 149.2 cases. Asturias, Catalonia and the Basque Country are already in this situation, while Madrid (255), Navarre (265.9), Ceuta (268.9) and Melilla (502.9) are at extreme risk (above 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
-The Ministry of Health has notified this Monday an increase in the cumulative incidence of eleven points, and 189 more deaths by covid, of which 222 have taken place in the last seven days. In addition, occupancy in the ICUs, with 1,861 covid patients, remains at 18.7% (31 more), while hospital pressure remains at 6% and there are 8,076 admitted patients.
-Since the start of the pandemic, 3,270,825 infections have been diagnosed (15,501 reported since Friday) and 75,199 deaths have been recorded. Source, Spanish: https://www.laprovincia.es/espana/2021/03/29/sanidad-notifica-15-501-nuevos-45976905.html


Around 3,000 Alicante Teachers Refuse the AstraZeneca Vaccine: The Ministry of Health has confirmed that after two days of mass vaccination of teaching staff in the Valencian Community, more than half of all teachers in the Alicante Province have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca jab, some 54 per cent. So far, around 8 per cent or 3,000 teaching staff have refused to be inoculated, compared with the 27,824 people who have already turned out to vaccination centres. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/29/around-3000-alicante-teachers-refuse-the-astrazeneca-vaccine/


Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after stranded ship refloated:
Egypt’s Suez Canal will reopen for shipping traffic in both directions on Monday evening after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, with more than 400 ships waiting to pass through. The Suez Canal Authority’s chairman Osama Rabie said the channel was navigable after the 400-metre (430-yard) long vessel Ever Given was freed undamaged earlier on Monday. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-suezcanal-ship-refloat/traffic-in-suez-canal-resumes-after-stranded-ship-refloated-idUSKBN2BL1VK?il=0


Price of electricity and butane gas bottles rises again throughout Spain: The price of electricity is rising again this month in Spain and will be 12 per cent higher by the end of March than it was in February.
The electricity bill of an average user is up to around €55.20 per month in March, which is 12.6 per cent more than in February and 16 per cent more than in March last year, according to the National Markets and Competition Committee.
Meanwhile, the price of butane gas bottles (bombonas) in Spain is also continuing to rise, and is now at €13.96, the highest since January 2019, and it is expected to continue to rise.
Since November last year, the price has gone up by nearly €2. The 4.96 per cent rise in the cost of a butane gas bottle, which almost the maximum permitted, could occur again in May to compensate for the higher price of gas and transporting it. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/29/price-of-electricity-and-butane-gas-bottles-rises-again-throughout-spain/


Google Just Can’t Quit Stealing Your Data- Faces Another Class Action Suit for Allegedly “Selling Users’ Data”: Inside the high tech world of instant ad space sales.
Google does not simply compile and sell your data, oh no, it’s far more lucrative to auction off the ad space in your browsing sessions, in real time, to the highest bidder. And that is exactly what they do! Every time you open a new website in your browser Google is instantly notified, they then have a list of waiting bidders who read your basic info, determine the value to them in placing an ad targeting you, and make a bid to place their ads in the site you just opened. The highest bid gets to insert their ads. This all happens in a second, and is a prime reason some sites are slow to load, as popular sites have greater demand for their ad space, so the auction takes longer.  If your Google profile suggests you are wealthy, your ad space is worth more, so there will be more bidding, and again, your pages will be slower to load. This creates a situation where rich people, on expensive high performance computers, visiting popular sites, get the slowest page loading times.  But the poor fellow on an old laptop, no one wants to buy ad space in his visited webpages, so his pages load fast. Techno irony at its best. -Ed.
The suit opens with a screenshot of a Google site, which reads “We do not sell your personal information to anyone.”
“Google breaks these promises billions of times every day,” the suit then alleges.
Last week, a law firm filed a class action suit against Google for allegedly breaking its promise of not selling users’ data. The lawsuit centers around Google’s use of so-called real-time bidding, where companies place bids to win advertising space in people’s web browsing sessions. As part of that, companies obtain sensitive information about the users, even if they don’t win, or even intend to win, the ad placement, the suit claims.
References:(Last 2 paragraphs of this article from vice.com) https://www.vice.com/en/article/93we9z/google-class-action-lawsuit-real-time-bidding-selling-data AND

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
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/
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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