DigameXtra No. 1916 Thursday, April 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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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, not an official holiday in Andalucia.


The Great Spaghetti Harvest 2021: Spaghetti is not a widely-eaten food in the UK and is considered by many as an exotic delicacy. A Panorama programme, narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, features a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest.
Mr. Dimbleby explains how each year the end of March is a very anxious time for Spaghetti harvesters all over Europe as severe frost can impair the flavour of the spaghetti.
He also explained how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length thanks to years of hard work by generations of growers.
See the video here. Video link.


The Best Of Blues with Richard Ray Farrell Acoustic:
Sat., April 17th, 7pm. Casa De La Cultura De Almuñecar.
Calle Puerta de Granada, 5, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada
Tix 12€ at Casa Cultura or Viajes Ecuador.
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For Sale, 2 items: Cabinets
-Book Cabinet from Hulsta MegaDesign. German design, good quality. Size 240 x 54 x 33 cm. Price 150€
-Cabinet from Hulsta MegaDesign with glass door. German design, good quality. Size 180 x 104 x 37 cm. Price 250€
Brit F., Carretera Torrox-Competa, near Pavo Real
Email: Britfl64@gmail.com


For Sale: Terrace heater, 75e including gas bottle buyer collects, Karen, Nerja.
Email: Karen casalta @ m s n .com


For Sale, 2 items:
-Two Diecast Model Trucks. Corgi Eddie Stobart Curtainsider Scale 1:64 and Guiloy Car Transporter
Both in original boxed pristine condition. 10€ the two.
-Pikolin Fibermaster wooden slatted bed base with feet 135 x 182. As new condition. 40€
Harold, Torre del Mar
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Recommendations & Requests


Seeking help with water softener: Hello Friends, If anyone can help identify this brand of water softener and provide instructions as to it’s operation I would appreciate it .
For those who celebrate it – Happy Easter!
Congratulations Naythan on your 1006th issue! (This is not an April fool’s joke!)
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Ayuntamiento de Torrox Announcement: If you know anyone aged over 80 in the Axarquia who has NOT had the Covid-19 vaccination, have them contact us. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8 to 15 hours, or you can leave a message on this number via WhatsApp or SMS. 660 592 549. FB Page


News & Articles

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Full list of all villages of Andalusia that close for Covid as of Friday, April 2: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
The new measures will come into force at 00:00 hours Friday 2 April, 2021. The validity of the measures will be 7 days.
*Municipalities with between 500 and 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (Perimeter Closure)*
-Almería: Adra, Albanchez, Alcolea, Bentarique, Fines, Paterna del Río, Pulpí y Santa Cruz de Marchena.
-Cádiz: Alcalá del Valle, Bornos y Puerto Serrano.
-Córdoba: Nueva Carteya, El Carpio, Fuente Palmera y Pedro Abad (Fuente Tójar is exempted from perimeter closure following a specific risk assessment by the territorial committee).
-Granada: Chauchina, Fuente Vaqueros, Gor, La Peza, Moclín y Purullena.
-Huelva: Alosno y Rociana del Condado.
-Jaén: Chilluévar y Noalejo.
-Málaga: Casabermeja, Colmenar y Pujerra.
-Sevilla: Brenes, Constantina, Fuentes de Andalucía, Montellano, El Pedroso y Villanueva del Río y Minas.
*Municipalities with more than 1.000 cases (Perimeter closure and closure of non-essential activity)*
-Almería: Alboloduy
-Cádiz: Ubrique
-Córdoba: Doña Mencía (San Sebastián de los Ballesteros is exempted following the specific risk assessment by the territorial committee).
-Granada: Benamaurel, Cijuela, Cogollos de Guadix y Cortes de Baza.
-Huelva: Ninguno.
-Jaén: Bedmar-Garcíez, Cambil y Pozo Alcón.
-Málaga: Montecorto (the territorial committee has decided to apply the perimeter closure to this municipality but not the closure of non-essential activities as it has less than 1,500 inhabitants).
-Sevilla: Almadén de la Plata, El Garrobo, Los Molares y Pilas.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-lista-completa-todos-pueblos-andalucia-cierran-covid-partir-viernes-2-abril-202103311933_noticia.html


Andalusia’s Covid incidence rate rises to 140 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: {Translated from sevilla.abc.es}
Updated 31/03/2021 18:09h
-Andalusia has reported 1,881 new cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths due to Covid-19 on Wednesday, a figure that corresponds to two days due to the failure of the Alert Network registration system on Tuesday.
-At an average of 1,000 cases per day, the 14-day incidence rate continues to rise slightly to almost 140 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The 71.3 cases per seven-day rate confirms the upturn. Almeria and Granada continue to have 14-day rates above 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, 218 in Almeria and 203 in Granada. Cordoba is also close to this threshold with 194 cases, followed by Seville (141), Jaen and Cadiz (110), Huelva (110) and Malaga, which is now the province with the lowest incidence rate with 88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
-There have been no significant changes in the number of hospitalised patients, which on Wednesday totalled 1,034 patients, four more than on Tuesday, of whom 247 are being treated in the ICU. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-eleva-tasa-incidencia-covid-140-casos-cien-habitantes-202103311305_noticia.html


Spain allows the AstraZeneca vaccination of over-65s but only if they are essential workers: Spain’s Ministry of Health decided on Tuesday (30 March) to scrap the 65-year-old age limit for administering the AstraZeneca vaccine – but it will only be used for people in the essential worker categories.
Members of these groups (mainly teachers, firefighters, prison and police officers) who are over 65 years and are still working will be jabbed with the Oxford formula, although in practice, few will receive it as most will be retired.
Since 24 March, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been administered to people up to 65 years of age after initially being limited to essential workers under 55.
The decision was made by the Public Health Commission, in which the Ministry of Health and the autonomous regions participate. It also agreed to allocate the single-dose Janssen vaccine, which will arrive in Spain on 19 April, for those over 66 years of age, alongside the Pfizer and Moderna formulas. Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202103/31/spain-allows-astrazeneca-vaccination-20210331093414.html


France Heads Into Monthlong Lockdown as Virus Spirals in Europe: French President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide four-week lockdown, closing schools and business, in the latest and alarming sign that Europe is yet again losing control of the pandemic.
“We did everything we could to make these decisions as late as possible, when they became strictly necessary. That is now,” Macron said in a televised address on Wednesday. New variants make the virus “more contagious and deadlier,” he said.
Earlier in the evening, Italy joined Germany in extending their partial shutdowns well into April, with Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government saying current restrictions on movement and business openings in high-risk areas will remain in place until the end of April 30. Extra measures include making vaccination mandatory for medical staff.
Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-31/france-heads-into-four-week-lockdown-as-virus-spirals-in-europe


Email Spoofing- What is it, and how does it work?: Spoofing occurs when a hacker sends an email that appears to have been sent from a trusted source/domain. Defined as “the forgery of an email address header to make the message appear as if it was sent from a person or location other than the actual sender,” it has plagued brands for decades.
-When an email is sent by a hacker, the From address doesn’t show which server the email was actually sent from – instead, it shows an email address and name that was entered by the hacker when the email was created so as not to arouse suspicion among recipients. We’ve all received these spam emails that appear to be from a legit company, but had obvious flaws like mis-spellings, that reveal them as fakes.
-Email spoofing is used in phishing attacks to trick users into believing the message is from a person or entity they either know or can trust. A cybercriminal uses a spoofing attack to trick recipients into believing that the message is from someone who is not. In this way, attackers can cause you harm without you being able to trace it. If you see an email from the taxman that says your refund was sent to another bank account, it may be a spoofing attack.
-Phishing attacks can also occur via email spoofing. This is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (PIN numbers), often for malicious purposes. The term comes from “fishing” for a victim by pretending to be trustworthy.
Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2021/03/how-to-effectively-prevent-email.html


APRIL FOOL! Volkswagen admits marketing prank, pulls fake press release on name change: “Volkswagen of America will not be changing its name to Voltswagen. The renaming was designed to be an announcement in the spirit of April Fool’s Day, highlighting the launch of the all-electric ID.4 SUV and signaling our commitment to bringing electric mobility to all,” a VW U.S. spokesman said in a statement. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-usa-name/volkswagen-admits-marketing-prank-pulls-fake-release-on-name-change-idUSKBN2BM1O3


Tennis News- Maria Sakkari hammers Naomi Osaka in stunning upset at Miami Open, snaps 23-match winning streak: Maria Sakkari handed Naomi Osaka her first loss in nearly 14 months Wednesday at the Miami Open. Sakkari steamrolled the world’s No. 2 player 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals of the tournament.
Sakkari’s win snapped a 23-match winning streak for Osaka and ended her hopes of claiming the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings at the tournament, which runs through Sunday. Photos:Rothstein/UPI. Full article: https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2021/03/31/Maria-Sakkari-beats-Naomi-Osaka-Miami-Open/4611617214810/?ur3=1


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
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