DigameXtra No. 2103 Thursday, Nov. 4th, 2021

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Mijas Foodtrucks Xperience:  Nov 4th Thurs thru 7th Sun 
Thurs from 7pm. Fri-Sun from 1pm. 9 Chefs.
Live music by Soundshine Duo Saturday 6Nov 3pm. 
Camino de Campanales, Mijas
(I have only seen this poster, I have no contact info. Event is not on the Mijas or Soundshine FB pages? This is probably the rescheduled Mijas Halloween event that was postponed due to threat of rain. If so, then Halloween specific events will happen on Saturday. -Ed.)


Theatre Villa Torrox hosts ‘Augurios’ (Omens in EN): {Translation} The Teatro Municipal Villa de Torrox presents this show on Friday the 5th of November, at 21:00 hours, with free entry until capacity is full. The story has as its framework the race most theatrical literature, the Trojan War.  FB link. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/cultura/teatro-villa-torrox-acoge-obra-augurios/20211103082631044334.html 


Car Boot/Market: Sunday 7th November at El Pantano Restaurant car park. Overlooking Lake Vinuela. Time 9.30 am to 1pm.
Location is easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right-hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore, old and new.
-Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
-Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
-Homemade Marmalades and Chutneys (including Mango) as well as freshly picked Mango and Avocado
-Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
-Greetings cards.
-Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing and picking up a few bargains at this well-established monthly market, which attracts visitors from far and near. A super location. The restaurant has shaded terraces overlooking the lake and many customers sit and enjoy a coffee or a tapa and a drink and catch up with friends and acquaintances for a chat. Many even stay and choose lunch from the varied menu available.
Bar is open from 9.30am serving coffee/drinks/food.
Please note: If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday.
For further info please contact Sandy (Vinuela) by telephone, on the new mobile number of 633 878 471


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We are a local couple near Lake Vinuela 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.
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For Sale: Towel Rail, 77 cm X 66 cm, for central heating system. New. 30€. Edwin, Competa, boegeroATgmxDOTde 


For Sale, 2 items.
-1 Golden framed mirror size 1m 64cm high, 85 cm wide €45
-1 Brown framed mirror size 1m 33cm high, 73cm wide €40
Both for €70
Both are in very good condition. Buyer collects.
Tel: 669094359 Anders, Nerja 


For Sale, 3 items:
-Wooden chest of drawers. Nice design, good quality. 120x75x45cm. €125
-Chairs, for indoor or outside use. 8 pieces €50
-Fridge, 5 drawers + vegetable compartment. Brand: Becken. Height 145 cm. €35
Buyer collects. Piet, Torrox Costa


For Sale: Leather settees, 2 seater & 3 seater, which has pull out ‘leg rests’ either end. Very good condition. 250€ ono
Niza Beach, Almayate Bajo. Gill- mob 674248101


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News & Articles

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Covid Spain- Health notifies 2,287 new positive and 39 deaths in the last 24 hours, with cumulative incidence Wednesday of 49.31 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: {Translation} 03 Nov 2021 – 17:53
-The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health on Wednesday of 2,287 new cases of COVID-19, 1,515 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours. These figures are lower than on the same day last week, when 2,532 positive cases were reported, which is evidence of the downward trend in the evolution of the pandemic.
-The total number of infections in Spain now stands at 5,019,255 since the start of the pandemic, according to official statistics. The cumulative incidence in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 49.31, compared to 49.03 yesterday. A total of 23,399 positives have been recorded in the past two weeks.
-In Wednesday’s report, 39 new deaths have been added, compared to 51 last Wednesday. As many as 87,462 people with a positive diagnostic test have died since the virus arrived in Spain, according to data compiled by the ministry. In the last week, 57 people with a confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis have died in Spain.
-Currently, there are 1,825 patients admitted for COVID-19 in Spain (1,740 yesterday) and 411 in ICU (405 yesterday). In the last 24 hours, there have been 228 admissions (185 yesterday) and 196 discharges (83 yesterday). The occupancy rate for coronavirus occupied beds stands at 1.48 per cent (1.42 per cent yesterday) and in ICUs at 4.50 per cent (4.44 per cent yesterday).
-Between 24 and 30 October, the autonomous communities carried out 539,126 diagnostic tests, of which 321,442 were PCR and 217,684 antigen tests, with an overall rate per 100,000 inhabitants of 1,146.44.
-Meanwhile, the positivity rate stands at 2.76 percent, compared to 2.71 percent yesterday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that this figure should be below 5 per cent to consider the spread of the virus as ‘controlled’. Source, Spanish: https://www.cope.es/actualidad/espana/noticias/sanidad-notifica-2287-nuevos-positivos-fallecidos-las-ultimas-horas-20211103_1597155 


The Lancet suggests Spain may have achieved herd immunity thru
a mix of high population exposure to infection and high vaccination rates: {Translation}
-The way in which Spain has dealt with the virus, and especially the high levels of vaccination achieved, has already made international headlines in recent months. Moreover, renowned experts in the field of covid, such as the German virologist Christian Drosten, have provided the reasons why our country has become “the envy of Europe”.
-In his opinion, shared last September in a podcast in which he regularly participates, the key is not that Spaniards have more confidence than Germans or other countries in vaccines, but that they have “a terrible social experience”, since the pandemic caused “many deaths and a real confinement”, a “real blockade where you could only go shopping” and with “soldiers patrolling the streets”. “That is confinement. And we haven’t seen that in Germany,” Drosten said, warning that politicians in his country would have to take “serious measures” if they wanted to achieve a high vaccination rate. Currently in Germany, 66% of the population is fully immunised, 14 points below the 80% in Spain.
-In a similar vein, the scientific journal The Lancet has now pronounced itself in its article “Has Spain reached herd immunity?” where the authors argue that the key to success in Spain may have been a high exposure to the virus which, together with a successful vaccination campaign, has placed us in a situation of low risk in recent months.
-Despite the current slowdown in vaccination, “more than 80% of the Spanish population is fully vaccinated and experts are beginning to believe that the country is on the verge of achieving something that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago: herd immunity,” the publication notes.
-“We still don’t know the exact proportion of the population that needs to be immune to achieve herd immunity,” says the head of the infectious diseases service at the Hospital Virgen de la Macarena in Seville, who believes that Spain at least offers some clues: without restrictions, infections are contained, unlike what has happened in other waves.
-Another important aspect for the authors is the response of adolescents to vaccination (more than 80% are fully vaccinated) and the low incidence of cases among children, despite the fact that they are not yet vaccinated. They also highlight the progress made by some communities – such as Madrid – in eliminating the compulsory use of masks in school playgrounds.
Opening up “without going backwards”.
-Spain also represents an example of resilience in the opinion of the publication, since while other European countries have had to re-impose heavy restrictions (most recently the Netherlands), here the activities continue to recover without any backtracking.
-The UK, after reopening almost all activities, had record daily infection figures. “One in ten children is infected with covid. A situation that cannot be compared to that in Spain,” notes The Lancet. Denmark lifted its restrictions in September and the number of infections has doubled. Norway has also seen an increase in infections after the government took a similar decision. In all these countries, the full vaccination rate is lower than in Spain. Source, Spanish: https://www.larazon.es/sociedad/20211103/yt7perrnwfa5zdnmg4fvqgvtfy.html


Top Covid expert in Spain, Fernando Simón, makes controversial claims, sees no need for a third dose “in general” and says “give them to the third world”: The director of Spain’s Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies said that he believes that a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine is not necessary “in general” because “it seems that immunity lasts for years” and has instead advocated “giving them to third world countries.”
Simón has said this Tuesday (2 November) that during the first wave of the pandemic, in the spring of last year, he believes that Spain registered “2.3 million infections” of Covid -19, and “not 226,000”, as the official statistics of the Ministry of Health still show today.
He also expressed his doubts about the giving the vaccine to those under 12 years of age, a group that “is very little affected by the disease.” Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/covid-expert-spain-20211102184616-nt.html


Spain’s National Geographic Institute has registered a total of 49 earthquakes since Tuesday midnight: This Wednesday (3 Nov) included a magnitude 5, one of the strongest since the eruption of the volcano on the island of La Palma began some weeks ago. It was registered at 6.27am and located some 35 kilometres with an intensity IV and felt throughout the island.
Another with a magnitude 4.8 and intensity IV-V has also been recorded, in Mazo, and it was felt in some points of the neighbouring Canary islands of Tenerife and La Gomera. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/palma-registers-earthquakes-20211103125644-nt.html


Recall- Health removes batches of two well-known medications for stress & blood pressure, Coaprovel and Karvezide:
{Translation, summary} The Spanish Agency of medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) has been informed of the recall of two lots of two drugs to treat blood pressure: Coaprovel and Karvezide, by Sanofi-Aventis, “because it did not meet quality standards”.
The recalled lots are ‘COAPROVEL’ 300 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets, 28 tablets (NR: 98086024, CN: 656037)the batch FT028, expiration date 31/01/2023; ‘Karvezide’ 300 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets, 28 tablets (NR: 98085024, CN: 656038), the batch FT029, with an expiration date 31/01/2023; and ‘Coaprovel’ 300 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets, 28 tablets (nr: 98086024ip, cn: 723683) lots FT027 with expiration date 31/01/2023 and the batch FT029, with an expiration date 31/01/2023.
In addition, the batch FT028B of ‘Coaprovel’ 300 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets with pelicula, 28 comprimidos (nr: 98086024ip2, cn: 727428) and ‘Coaprovel’ 300 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets with pelicula, 28 comprimidos (NR: 98086024IP1, CN: 727260), the batch FT027, with an expiration date 31/01/2023.
The past month of August the AEMPS also ordered the withdrawal of several batches of Coaprovel, Irbesartan and Valsartan after detecting the same problem. Source, Spanish: https://www.larazon.es/sociedad/20211103/s624xjhql5ab7dc4i4wos6r5we.html 


Temperatures set to plummet as a mass of cold polar air rolls into the region: Some inland areas of Malaga province could see the mercury drop down to just 4 degrees at night this weekend. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/temperatures-plummet-mass-20211103103515-nt.html


The Rincón Environmental Education Programme is organising a reforestation activity in El Cantal Park on 28 November: {Translation, summary}
The activity will take place from 10:30 am with the planting of some 200 specimens of trees and aromatic plants. Those interested in taking part should register by email: medioambiente@rincondelavictoria.es or by contacting the following telephone number: 626793465.


Spain’s Costa Blanca Authorities Want to Extend the Permitted Period of Stay for UK Citizens: The Alicante Provincial Council President, Carlos Mazon, had a meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to the UK, José Pascual Marco, during which they talked about the situation of British residents in the province after Brexit.
During this meeting, Mazon asked the Ambassador to extend the 90-day period that British citizens are allowed to stay when visiting Spain within any 180 days.
In order to help the area’s travel and tourism sector as well as to provide less complicated post-Brexit travel rules, Mazon has emphasised that they are working on reciprocity so that the allowed staying period for UK nationals can be extended to six months. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spains-costa-blanca-authorities-want-to-extend-the-permitted-period-of-stay-for-uk-citizens/


Days Before Reopening Borders for Europeans, US Advises Against Travel to 14 EU Countries: The US health agency advises that everyone who must travel to one of these European countries, against which a travel advice is currently applied, is fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorised for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to lower the risk of developing symptoms or getting infected.
Country List: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/days-before-reopening-borders-for-europeans-us-advises-against-travel-to-14-countries/


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Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
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