DigameXtra No. 1999 Monday, July 5th, 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 


Ayuntamiento de Torrox- Cultural programme for the summer evenings in the month of July: https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/posts/1756111491229598 


U3A Axarquia: Starting in September 2021, U3A Axarquia is poised to again invite retired or semi-retired individuals to take an interest in its programs. For more information visit our website at www.u3aaxarquia.com. As such, we like to share the new programs to enhance our other well received and long-standing existing activities featured on our website.
Spanish Instruction and conversation will be available on the second Thursday of each month from 11 to 13hrs in El Morche. For more information and/or details about the content of the sessions contact norma at norma2kk@aol.com
Speakers Bureau: We are looking for speakers who have a passion for a subject and are comfortable sharing their knowledge. For more information contact norma2kk@aol.com.


Services Wanted/Offered

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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.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
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– Installations and Refurbs
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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.



Yfke’s Bar– New bar/cafe in Torrox Costa, large snack menu including some tasty vegetarian choices & many Dutch treatsIndoor 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 



Art classes in La Herradura: How about getting creative this summer? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a painting that you can proudly show to family and friends?
I invite you to join my Monday morning art class in La Herradura. The class is from 10.00 to 13.00. You can just come for one time to give it a try.
If you bring your own materials it’s 15 Euros per session, but if you like me to provide the materials it’s 20 Euros. Spaces are limited so that I can secure safe distances.
The only thing I ask is to pay in advance to secure your space. (Via PayPal)
Feel free to contact me to find out more via Whatsapp or phone 0034 655211276 or via email: renatevannijen@gmail.com
If you are now thinking “oh what a shame that is too far away for me” you can also join my online art class on Saturday morning from 10.30 – 12.30 CET. All you need is some materials and to be a woman, as this class is for women only.
Feel free to check out this link to learn more about the class. https://renatevannijen.com/weekly-painting-classes/
Let me guide you to find your creative spark. My classes are suitable for beginners and for more experienced painters. And just so you know… you are never too old to learn a new skill. See photo of my then 89 year old dad painting for the first time in his life and he was surprised about what he created! If you would like to book a painting day out with a group of friends that is possible too! Feel free to contact me for details.
Hoping to inspire you, Renate


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We are a local couple with many years property management experience in the UK, happy to take care of all your holiday home preparation needs.
Homes cleaned and aired, beds made and small maintenance jobs taken care of. Basic supplies can be bought and delivered prior to your arrival if required.
Additional services include:
Holiday changeovers
Vacant holiday home checking service
Prívate rental inventories prepared and checked with tenants at key handover on arrival and departure.
Contact Kate
Telephone and WhatsApp (+34) 711 003 171
Email: kateathomefromhome@gmail.com 


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale, 2 items:
-18 Pairs of Ladies Shoes – Size 40 – As New – €45.
-Black & Decker Electric Leaf Blower/Vacuum €35.
Buyer collects, Donna, Nerja
Email: suzanne dot donna @ gmail dot com 


Wanted: Holiday Rental. I am after a 5+ bedroom villa in the area of Torre del Mar-Torrox-Nerja December 23rd 30th. Walking distance to all amenities. Heating. Please, email rushtonsinspainATgmailDOTcom Thank you.
Linda / Norman, Caleta


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Advice on tile grout: I am looking for advice with regard to brown floor tile grout indoors. When we have not been at our house for a while in Torrox a white crystallisation appears in some areas of the grout, when mopped with agua fuerte most of it disappears, but some doesn’t and in these spots the grout disintegrates.
Deborah, Torrox


News & Articles

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Hospital pressure in Malaga due to Covid decreases although 17 people are still in the ICU: {Translation, summary} Updated: 04 July, 2021, 15:02
-On Sunday, Malaga recorded a slight decrease in the number of patients admitted with Covid-19 compared to the previous day. Thus, 89 people are currently in hospitals in the province, of which 17 are in Intensive Care Units (ICU). These data show a slight decrease, as 91 hospitalisations were reported on Saturday, of which 18 were in ICU.
-The province has considerably increased its hospitalisations compared to last Sunday, when a total of 80 people were hospitalised with the virus and 13 people were 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. The relaxation of the measures and the start of the summer season have led to this rise throughout the week.
-Of the total of 459 admissions at Andalusian level, Malaga is the second province with the most hospitalised patients, with only the capital of Seville surpassing this fateful figure with 98 patients, of which 32 are in the ICU. Cadiz, Jaen, Huelva and Almeria are the places where the incidence of the virus is lowest.
-907,023 citizens have already been inoculated with at least one dose, and 656,154 already have the full schedule, according to data from the Ministry of Health of the Andalusian Regional Government. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/malaga/presion-hospitalaria-malaga-covid-uci_0_1589241626.html


Andalusia falls below 460 hospitalised by Covid, 54 less than a week ago: {Translation, first paragraph only} Updated: 04/07/2021, 20:41
-Andalusia has registered this Sunday 4 July a drop in the number of hospitalised patients with coronavirus to 459; this is 30 less in one day and 54 less than seven days ago, while the number of patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have also fallen to 115, five less in 24 hours and seven less than a week ago.
Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-andalucia-baja-460-hospitalizados-covid-medio-centenar-menos-hace-semana-202107041320_noticia.html


Covid Scotland- ‘Shock and concern’ as half of Europe’s top ten Covid hotspots in Scotland: Data from the World Health Organisation shows Tayside has the highest rate of Covid per population in Europe, at 661 cases per 100,000 people. Lothian is the second highest at 567 cases, with Greater Glasgow and Clyde in fourth place behind the North East of England. Full article: https://www.scotsman.com/health/covid-scotland-shock-and-concern-as-half-of-europes-top-ten-covid-hotspots-in-scotland-3295742


Covid UK- UK reports 24,248 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths: Updated: July 4, 20215:22 PM CEST
-Britain reported 24,248 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from 24,885 on Saturday, and 15 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 18, according to government data.
A total of 45,274,497 people have received a first dose of vaccine and 33,614,952 have received two doses, the government said. Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-reports-24248-new-coronavirus-cases-15-deaths-2021-07-04/?rpc=401&


Andalucia offers 35-year-olds the facility for ‘self-appointment’ vaccinations: Those eligible can make an appointment for the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine directly on the website of the Andalusian Health Service (SAS) through ClicSalud + by clicking on the following link:
Appointments can also be made through the mobile application and the Salud Response phone number (955 54 50 60) and also at your local health centre, but preferably should be made by phone. Immunisation for this age group will be carried out with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to the Andalucian Health Ministry. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/07/04/andalucia-offers-35-year-olds-the-facility-for-self-appointment-vaccinations/


Vélez-Málaga reaches 40.3 degrees, the third highest temperature of Spain this Sunday: {Translation}
Vélez-Málaga has reached at 14:10 hours of Sunday 4 July 40,3 degrees, the third highest temperature of Spain on this day of the summer, according to data provided by the State Agency of Metorología ( AEMET ). In Molina de Segura (Murcia), the thermometer has reached 40,9 degrees at 16:50 hours, while in Estepona (Málaga), the mercury has climbed up to the 40,7 degrees at the same time. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/velez-malaga-alcanza-40-3-grados-la-tercera-temperatura-mas-alta-de-espana-este-domingo/ 


New campaign of blood donation in Nerja: {Translation} The councillor for Health, Javier Rodriguez, reports that “the Transfusion Centre, Tissues, and Cells of Malaga is going to make a new collection of blood in Nerja, Tuesday, the 13th of July, in the Sala Mercado, at 10 to 14 hours and from 17.30 to 21.30 hours.” Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/nerja/nueva-campana-donacion-sangre-nerja/20210704105827041787.html



New headlines from schengenvisainfo.com Click on the headline to read the article, or visit the site to read more articles:
July 4th
Czechia Imposes Test & Quarantine Requirements for Arrivals From Spain
Norway Lifts Quarantine Requirements for 23 European Countries
Denmark Now Permits Restriction-Free Entry for Travellers From Netherlands, Latvia, Estonia & Hungary
Greece Allows Restriction-Free Entry for Arrivals From 5 Other Third Countries


2021 Wimbledon Schedule & Scores for July 5th:


UK quarantine rules mean Spanish, Italian, and Danish fans will miss semi-finals: Quarantine rules for travellers entering the UK from amber list countries are about to hit football fans from Spain, Italy, and Denmark, who might be hoping to fly to Britain to support their respective teams playing in the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament at Wembley Stadium in London, this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
In fact, it is already too late – either with or without a ticket – for fans to arrive in time for the semi-finals, to comply with the regulations, but, they could be quarantined in time for the final, which takes place on Sunday 11, if they were to take the additional test. Full article, English: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/07/04/uk-quarantine-rules-mean-spanish-italian-and-danish-fans-will-miss-semi-finals/
Original Source, Spanish: https://www.diariodesevilla.es/deportes/aficionados-espanoles-Wembley-cumplir-cuarentena_0_1589241666.html


F1 News- Max Verstappen strolls to Austrian F1 GP win with Lewis Hamilton fourth: Red Bull driver opens up 32pt title race lead over Mercedes rival. Floor damage hurts Hamilton; Bottas second, Norris third. Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/04/max-verstappen-strolls-to-austrian-f1-gp-win-with-lewis-hamilton-fourth 


El Gordo de la Primitiva draw on Sunday, July 4, 2021:
The result of the Gordo de la Primitiva today, Sunday, July 4, 2021 is: 2, 18, 31, 43, 54, the key number being 2.
Source: https://spainsnews.com/el-gordo-de-la-primitiva-draw-on-sunday-july-4-2021/ 


September MAY be the iPhone 13 release date: Nothing’s official yet, of course, but we’ve gotten pretty good at predicting Apple event and iPhone release dates. Full article: https://www.cnet.com/news/we-may-have-guessed-the-iphone-13-release-date-here-are-all-the-clues/


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Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:


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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
Currency Converter: http://www.currency-converter.com/
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