DigameXtra No. 1993 Monday, June 28th, 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 are both your local
Ayuntamiento & the Junta de Andalucia’s FB and Twitter pages. @AndaluciaJunta  https://twitter.com/AndaluciaJunta  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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What’s On

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Phoenix Club: Our social club is fully open, so do pop in with plenty of room on the terrace if you wish to sit outside.
-9th – Trip to Gib. Last pick up 08.30 Algarrobo Lidl and the price is €15pp and includes €1 gratuity for the driver.
-23rd – Visit Benalmadena, to include Butterfly Park, Stupa and Marina. Price: €22.50
-5th – Trip to Gib. As 9th July trip
-19th – Trip to Selwo Zoo. Price €36 includes entry to the zoo and coach fare etc
-20th – Flamenco in the grounds of the Alhambra Palace.
(This is a change of date from Aug 6th, as previously posted). Tickets €35, includes show, coach fare and drivers tip. Depart 17.00 and returning from Granada at 12 midnight. Payment on booking required as show tickets have to be paid for up front.
-23rd – 27th Christmas break. 4* Hotel Bahia in Almunecar. Price includes full board accommodation, buffet meals with wine, Gala dinner on Christmas Eve and special lunch on Christmas Day, coach fare and tips for hotel staff and driver. €265 based on 2 sharing a double room/€350 Single room. Deposit €75 and is non refundable. It is important to take out travel insurance and you will need to take your passport or TIE/residencia card with you.
We are collecting foodstuffs for the Spanish Red Cross on a weekly basis.
We are selling off all our books at 4 for €1 and we plenty of choice for gentlemen readers. We also have jigsaws for sale at €1 each. Come along and pick up a bargain on any Tuesday
Our greetings cards are for sale on the first Tuesday of every month, all handmade so if you are looking for a beautiful handmade card, pop along and have a look. All proceeds from the sale of our cards are donated to the Red Cross.
We continue to observe measures such as sanitising hands on entry etc.
The Phoenix Social club is a registered association. We meet at the La Vega bar every Tuesday and you can find it just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are now open from 12 noon until 2pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information 


The Weekenders are gigging again: Come see our new lineup.
-Friday 2 July Altamar-Pizzeria-Restaurante in Marina del Este at 8pm. Avenida Marina del Este 18690 La Herradura.
-Saturday 3 July Bar Pub El Convento, Almuñecar (9pm TBC). Plaza Victoria 20, 18690 Almunecar  FB link 


Brown Sugar band: Sunday, July 4th, 8:30pm, €10.
Soul, R&B, Reggae and Disco.
The Hall, Calle Heroe de Sostoa 65, 29002 Malaga
Tel 679 441 801 


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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.


Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
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Our full range of services includes
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– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
Call us : 669 665 156
Email us : hanningtons.bathrooms@gmail.com


Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of the issue. Here are “before” and “after” pics from my latest job.



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Yfke’s Bar New bar/cafe in Torrox Costa, large snack menu including some tasty vegetarian choices & many Dutch treats: Indoor and terrace seating. Eurocup games are being shown live on TV.
Location- Mid-block on the west side of BLQ 8, Urb. Costa de Oro, Torrox Costa. From the beach paseo, turn in by the China shop, walk up past the sports bar on your right side to the next terrace full of tables & chairs. Yfke will be waiting to greet you. This is very close to the Torrox Costa Monday Market, so be sure to come by while you are in the neighborhood. MAP
Opening hours-
Monday & Saturday: 10:00 – 24:00
Tuesday – Friday: 17:00 – 24:00
Closed Sundays.  FB link 


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale, 3 items:
-Excellent condition mirror, length 97cm, width 67 cm, been stored in a box for ten years, €40
-Foldable dog crate, with a removal tray, suitable for a small animal , 60 cm length, height 50 cm width 45 cm €20
-Dulce gusto coffee machine €10
Karen, Nerja, 722172575 


Recommendations & Requests


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Recommendation for SPW Construction Services:
We’ve just had our very old fashioned bathroom renovated by SPW and are delighted with the end result! Nothing was a problem for them and all the work was done efficiently by skilled and friendly workmen. Lower the ceiling? No problem. Remove the bath? No problem. Lights in the new ceiling? No problem. Tile on tiles? No problem. New toilet? No problem. Get rid of all the debris? No problem. All electrical and plumbing finished to high standard and the tiling is perfect! Highly recommend SPW. In fact we are going to have our en suite renovated by SPW also!
Regards Jo and Tom, Competa.
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People Group Spain: Thank you to Vanessa and her team who helped me with paper work and dealing with post and customs office. They kept me informed and up to date at all times. Thoroughly recommend their services.
Maureen, Nerja, maureenduffy10 AT hotmail D0T com
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Travel to UK?: As Spain has not been added to the Green List again this time, it seems its going to be necessary for me to travel to UK and quarantine in order to see my family. Has anyone any experiences they wish to share of very recent travel to UK, and getting tests etc in Spain and UK.
I am based in Torrox area, Kaye
km.hollington (at) btopenworld(dot)com (remove spaces)


Warren and Des Decorators: Warren and Des carry out painting, decorating, tiling, bathroom, kitchen and general building refurbishments. These two gents have spent the last three days with us, decorating our villa. They took out all the furniture, covered everything else, and very carefully restored our ceilings/ walls to their former glory!
We are indebted to them for their honesty, reliability, and professionalism. We can recommend them to the readership of DigameXtra for any work that comes within their scope. We are very pleased with their work and would not hesitate to hire them again for any of the services they can provide.
Contact for Warren and Des: Tel 618346098 or
Thanks Warren & Des.
Submitted by Elise & Martin, Benamocarra.


News & Articles

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Malaga recorded the lowest number of hospitalized with Covid for the past 10 months: {Translation, summary} Updated: June 27, 2021, 13:52
-Good news for Malaga with regard to the pressure of care derived from the coronavirus. The data provided by the Regional Ministry of Health and Families has recorded the lowest number of hospitalised patients with Covid in the last 10 months.
-As of this Sunday, Malaga has 80 people hospitalised with the virus and 13 people in Intensive Care Units (ICU). The province has not had this figure since 24 August, when 79 people were admitted, i.e. for the last 10 months.
-Specifically, of the 513 hospital admissions in Andalusia, Seville is the province with the most hospital admissions, with a total of 137 and 43 patients in ICU. Malaga is second on the list, followed by Cordoba with 73 and 21 in ICU; Jaen with 69 and 16 in Intensive Care Units, and Granada with 64 and 16 in ICU. The provinces of Cádiz, Huelva and Almería have the lowest number of cases.
-Another encouraging fact is that a third of the population of Malaga – 33% – has already received two doses of the vaccines.
-The province closes this week with 150,336 new doses of vaccine administered against the coronavirus, 7,775 more in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 1,385,777, compared to 1,235,441 a week ago, specifically on Sunday 20 June.
-In the last seven days, 90,012 more people have been fully vaccinated. The total in the province is 557,214, thanks to the 6,591 people vaccinated on the last day, after this week’s immunisation of more than half a million citizens with the two doses.
-The number of people who have been injected with at least one dose rises to 861,681, which means that in the last week 68,698 Malaga citizens have received the first vaccine. Seville also leads the vaccination list at Andalusian level with a total of 1,643,079 doses administered, almost 9,000 more than the previous day. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/malaga-cifra-hospitalizados-covid-meses_0_1587141830.html


Covid Andalucia-Descent of hospitalization for fifth day:
{Translation, summary} Updated: 27/06/2021 14:37
-Andalusia has registered this Sunday 27 June a new drop in the number of people hospitalised with coronavirus to 513, 16 less in 24 hours, 57 less than seven days ago and the lowest figure since 1 September 2020, when there were 493, while those admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have fallen to 122, which are six less in one day and 23 less in a week.
-This is detailed by the Junta de Andalucía in the daily report on the disease. The number of hospitalised patients has fallen for the fifth day, by 16 on Sunday, 25 on Saturday, 14 on Friday, 24 on Thursday and 17 on Wednesday, after rising by 14 on Tuesday and 25 on Monday, and falling by 44 on the previous Sunday. Specifically, seven days ago there were 570 hospitalised patients. Of the 513 admitted, 64 are in Grenada, including 16 in ICU.
-For their part, ICU patients have fallen by six after remaining unchanged on Saturday after falling by four on Friday, five on Thursday and six on Wednesday. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/grafico-hospitalizaciones-vacunas-covid-andalucia-granada/


There’s a new variant concern of the coronavirus- Lambda, more contagious, and with the ability to evade vaccines: {Translation, summary} Updated: 26.06.2021 – 09:06
-Spain is now the seventh country with the most cases (44-to-date) of this new variant that originated in Peru.
-European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) predicts that it will account for 90% of coronavirus cases in the European Union (EU) by the end of August – the World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced the new mutation to its list of ‘variants of concern’.
-This is Lambda or C.37, first detected in August 2020 in Peru and classified as “of interest” (VOI) by the WHO as of 14 June 2021. Here 90.6% of cases are already due to the C.37 or Lambda variant.
-The Barcelona Institute for Global Health stresses that the Lambda variant has been classified as “of interest” due to “its high presence in Peru and other South American countries”. According to immunologist Adelaida Sarukhan, “Lambda carries mutations that could increase its transmissibility or its capacity to evade the immune response, but there is very little evidence at the moment”.
-The difference between variant classified as “of concern” and “of interest” by the WHO lies in the fact that the former involve an “increase in transmissibility or detrimental change” epidemiologically, as well as an “increase in virulence or change in the clinical presentation of the disease”, as well as managing to reduce the effectiveness of social and public health measures or of available diagnostics, vaccines or therapies. In contrast, the latter have been identified as a cause of community transmission or origin of multiple cases, or have been detected in several countries.
-Spain, which is closely linked to Latin America, is currently the seventh country in the world with the most cases of the Andean Lambda variant, behind Chile, where 670 cases of the C.37 strain have been identified to date, the USA (with 524 cases), Peru (with 222), Germany (87), Argentina (86) and Mexico (57).
Source, Spanish: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4741845/0/variante-covid-lambda-peru-preocupacion-oms-contagiosa-vacunas/


Andalucian Politics Turmoil: For a decent summary of the current political situation in Andalucia, see this article:


Matt Hancock resigns as Britain’s health secretary after breaking protocols: British Health Minister Matt Hancock resigned Saturday after a video surfaced of him breaking social distancing protocols. Sajid Javid, Johnson’s former chancellor and home secretary, was appointed to replace Hancock as health secretary, the government announced. Photo:Philpott/UPI. Full article: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/06/26/Britain-Matt-Hancock-resigns-health-minister/2061624737820/ 


Major Crypto Exchange Binance Banned From Doing Business in U.K.: Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority issued a consumer warning against Binance Markets Ltd., banning the cryptocurrency exchange from undertaking any regulated activity in the country.
Binance has until Wednesday evening to confirm that it has removed all advertising and financial promotions, according to the FCA’s register. The exchange must also make clear on its website, social media channels and all other communications that it is no longer permitted to operate in the U.K. Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-27/u-k-financial-regulator-bars-crypto-exchange-binance


UEFA European Championship Schedule & Results:


Max Verstappen wins Styrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton second: Verstappen converted his pole position into a lead at the first corner and controlled the race thereafter. Verstappen was 1.4 seconds clear after two laps and calmly and slowly extended his advantage for the rest of the race. Photo:Getty. Full article: https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/57630205 


Tour de France- massive crash caused by fan wipes out half of peloton: Just minutes after Christian Prudhomme had set the 108th edition of the annual bike race in motion, there was carnage on stage one. Tony Martin, 36, went down first after he was taken out by a member of the public. The spectator was stood holding up a cardboard sign with ‘Allez Opi-Omi!’ written on it in black marker.
The fan was looking straight at the TV camera on the passing bike and failed to notice the riders rapidly approaching her spot. Martin, on the right-hand side of the peleton, had no way to avoid her and went down after crashing into her arm taking the whole Jumbo Visma team with him. Video Link.  Full article: https://www.the-sun.com/sport/3162163/tour-de-france-chaos-as-massive-crash-caused-by-a-fan-wipes-out-half-of-the-peloton/


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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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