555 new cases and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours; Murcia coronavirus Saturday 19th
This includes a full list of cases by municipality for the last 7 days Yesterday the Region of Murcia reported 670 cases of coronavirus, so it’s almost a relief to report a drop in new cases..

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2 deaths and 675 new covid cases in the last 24 hours; Murcia Friday 18th September
This is another record total for cases in a single day and brings the active cases up to 7,097 Yesterday the regional Minister for Health, Manuel Villegas, asked that residents of the region consider..

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43 loggerhead turtle hatchlings emerge from the nest located in La Manga
The new-borns will join the four found in Calnegre It’s proving to be a good summer for baby turtles! Last year 21 turtles were hatched, from the first loggerhead turtle eggs known to have..

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Torre Pacheco Council cedes land for construction of a storm tank
The land was purchased by the town hall for the project a few months ago The town hall of Torre Pacheco has ceded 25,462 m2 of land which is located next to the Torre Pacheco Waste Water Treatment..

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Los Urrutias winter street market starts this Saturday
The new winter market has been granted a license to run for 12 years The Los Urrutias winter market will start for the first time on Saturday, September 19th, with 10 stalls in total, distributed..

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Nasty 3 car accident in Puerto de la Cadena near Murcia city
This stretch of road is not the most pleasant of driving experiences but has to be faced heading in and out of the city from the direction of Cartagena. Three people required medical assistance..

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Regional Government gazzumps ecologists to buy Cabo Cope in Águilas
At one time this area was intended to become a macro leisure development complete with golf course and holiday housing On Thursday the regional cabinet gave its formal approval for plans to purchase..

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Total of irregular Algerian migrants landing in Murcia reaches 272 and 19 boats
Almeria in neighbouring Andalucía, also reported the arrival of over 250 irregular migrants during the same 2 day period During Wednesday and Thursday the number of boats reaching the Murcian..

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Mazarrón town hall closes due to covid positive
Yesterday Mazarrón reported 10 new cases of covid All presencial appointments in the town hall building for Friday are cancelled The town hall says: Mazarrón City Council has closed its..

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  Roman column discovered following landslip, removed in Monteagudo
The column was exposed following the collapse of a wall during the heavy rains of September 2019 On Thursday the mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, visited the site in Monteagudo (the area best known..

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Águilas announces cancellation of 2021 Carnival due to coronavirus
The Mayoress said it was “the hardest decision she had ever been forced to make” Following several discussions between all those involved in putting on the huge carnival in Águilas every year..

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Covid news round-up for the Murcia Region Thursday 17th September
23 health centres on red alert; 19 teachers and 52 pupils quarantined in first days of return to school; Murcia will reach 1,000 cases a day in October if current trend continues Other Covid news..

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Five deaths and 447 positives; Coronavirus Region of Murcia 17th September
Jumilla now has an accumulated incidence rate of 933/100,000 of population, more than 4 times the regional average of 212. On Thursday regional Health Minister, Manuel Villegas, presented the coronavirus..

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223 irregular migrants reach Murcia in wave of 15 boats
At the same time more than 100 irregular migrants also reached Almeria in another co-ordinated action by criminal gangs All of the migrants who reached Murcia are Algerian economic migrants..

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239 coronavirus deaths in Spain in last 24 hours as Madrid considers re-opening IFEMA field hospital
The Spanish Ministry of Health has reported an increase of 11,193 in the total number of coronavirus cases diagnosed using PCR in Spain during the last 24 hours, bringing the total from 603,167 on..

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New town hall administrative office in Puerto de Mazarrón
The office is located inside the Plaza de Abastos indoor market place A new office in which residents of the Mazarrón municipality can undertake basic administrative procedures without having..

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Murcian Trovero dies at 108 years old
El Tío Juan Rita has been the face of Murcian folk for many years and is known throughout the region El Tío Juan Rita was one of the most instantly recognisable figures of Murcian cultural traditions..

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3 deaths, 370 new cases; coronavirus Murcia 16th September
The total number of cured cases is 6,157 and the total number of active cases 6,639 The Region of Murcia regional health authority has published its latest set of data relating to the evolution..

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Two crew of fishing boat which brought 79 Algerians to Murcia last week arrested
Normally smaller boats are used to bring irregular migrants to Spain The two "pateristas" who brought 79 Algerians in a fishing boat to Cartagena last week have been arrested, after the..

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Military tracers begin work in Murcia Region
30 coronavirus tracers have been allocated to the Murcia Region Catalonia, the Basque Country, Extremadura and La Rioja are the only autonomous communities that have not requested tracers from..

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Coronavirus in Murcia: 499 new cases and one death in the last 24 hours
Hospital admissions fell slightly as 14 people are discharged The coronavirus situation in the Region of Murcia on Tuesday is as follows according to the regional health authority of Murcia:..

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Recovery truck driver six times over the legal alcohol limit in Torre Pacheco
The driver was stopped on the RM-F-14 between Torre Pacheco and Los Alcázares The Guardia Civíl of the Region of Murcia has detained the driver of a 7.5-ton vehicle transporter for crimes against..

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Staggered return to school in the Murcia Region
There are daily challenges to overcome but thousands of teachers will be doing everything possible to work through this crisis and make the best of a bad situation The beginning of the "most complex..

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Two injured in crash on the AP-7 by Los Alcázares exit
The incident involved a road maintenance truck and car Emergency services rescued and transferred two people to hospital, following a collision between a road maintenance truck and a private vehicle..

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Puerto de Mazarrón health centre remains on red level due to high level of cases
The health centers of San Antón, in Cartagena, and Puerto de Mazarrón remain at red level, registering a "very high" rate of positive cases of covid-19 in their respective territories...

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Lorca city centre returns to flexibilised phase 1 confinement for 7 days
The measures are the same as those applied for Jumilla and Archivel which are also in the same position Lorca has been experiencing a growing number of cases during the last month, the first of..

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457 new covid cases and 3 fatalities; another record number of cases for Murcia
These figures relate to Sunday 13th and were published on Monday 14th September The Murcia Region broke the record for the most new covid contagions in a single day yet again, the Sunday figures..

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Free entry to Cartagena tourist attractions on 25th September
Bookings MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE as group sizes are limited to comply with covid regulations As is traditional in Cartagena on what is normally the biggest day in the week of celebrations relating..

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Cartagena Council installs cameras in Los Urrutias, Los Nietos and Playa Honda
The council has used the Wi-Fi infrastructure to give a live video feed to the town hall Cartagena Council has installed video cameras to monitor the condition of the Mar Menor and weather conditions..

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Nearly 25 per cent less property sales in Murcia during July
At least the July figures are better than those for May and June! It’s hardly surprising that property sales figures this summer are a little unreliable when attempting to define what the current..

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Murcia passes 6,000 active Covid cases mark with 2 deaths; Sunday 13th
For the fourth consecutive day the Region of Murcia reported new covid cases in excess of 400, the latest figure on Sunday being 431 new cases in the last 24 hours. This takes the current total..

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448 new cases and one death; Murcia Covid Saturday 12th
This is the third consecutive day with more than 400 cases For the third consecutive day the Region of Murcia reported more than 400 positive covid cases on Saturday 12th September, the Saturday..

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Mazarrón Chinese restaurant faces big fine as expat ladies lunch
The restaurant will receive a significant fine for breaching covid hygiene regulations Mazarrón police have been clamping down on those breaching covid regulations, due to the rapidly rising cases..

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Loggerhead turtle nest located in Calnegre with two hatchlings alive
Fatality rates are very high; many baby turtles will never make it out of the nest and only one in 1,000 hatchlings reaches adulthood It’s turtle hatching season and this week researchers and..

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  130 irregular Algerian migrants arrive in Cartagena; 79 in a fishing boat
The calm weather is ideal for crossings and there may be more over the weekend Image: Archive A total of 130 immigrants have been intercepted in the last few hours by the marine rescue services..

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Regional government will appeal against CHS measures to protect Cartagena aquifer
This also relates to the measures changing the way in which agricultural nitrates are used around the Mar Menor The complicated topic of the recovery of the Mar Menor and exactly who has the competence..

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More than half of the critical care beds in the Murcia Region are already filled with covid patients
Three hospitals have already reached maximum capacity in their ICU beds and are having to transfer critical patients to another hospital On Monday the Murcian Regional Health Minister, Manuel Villegas..

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Two pre-school nurseries forced to quarantine staff and children in Cartagena
In one case a one year old baby tested positive for Covid, forcing the quarantine of 11 children and two staff This week one of the biggest worries obsessing Spanish families right across the country..

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  Totana Mayor asks for return to school to be delayed in the municipality
The Mayor says health services in the municipality are “overwhelmed” The mayor of Totana, Juan José Cánovas, has described the epidemiological evolution of the pandemic in recent weeks in..

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Jumilla confined as covid cases continue to climb
This wine producing municipality is in the north-west of the Region of Murcia The regional Government has taken the decision to confine the Jumilla municipality, following the same model as was..

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Police in Murcia city break up nocturnal gatherings
180 young people had gathered in two locations to drink and socialise The message about limiting gatherings to 6 people still isn´t getting through and on Tuesday evening Local Police in Murcia..

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Eagle patrol flies again after the summer break
It’s good to see them back in training over the Mar Menor The Patrulla Águila, based at the Air Academy in San Javier, have resumed training again following the summer break and shared images..

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  Panel of Experts proposes actions in 13 stretches of channels that cause flood risks in the Mar Menor
The basin that discharges into the Mar Menor covers an area of 1,235 km2 and water flows in across a distance of more than 60 kilometers, "so that floods can occur with rainfall produced in places..

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Renfe re-establishes rail traffic on Reguerón to Sucina line
Damage was caused to the line during the last three episodes of Gota Frías Renfe has completed work and resumed the railway service on all the affected sections of the Cercanías, Medium and Long..

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Lorca police break up party in a finca, and close down bar after private party with 100 guests
The Mayor of Lorca has called on residents to denounce this type of illegal activity which is perpetuating the spread of Covid-19 On Tuesday evening Lorca police were called out by a neighbour to..

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Spanish Civil War projectiles found by man walking his dog in Murcia
The projectiles were discovered in Cuevas del Norte, an outlying area of the municipality of Murcia A mortar grenade and an aviation projectile, dating from the Spanish Civil War have been deactivated..

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Spain considering shortening quarantine to ten days
The same debate is underway in Germany where the possibility of reducing the quarantine period to between 5 and 7 days is also under consideration The director of the Center for the Coordination..

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Hacienda Riqueleme golf course to close this winter due to covid
GNK blames the cancellation of flights and travel restrictions GNK golf has confirmed that the Hacienda Riquelme golf course will temporarily close this autumn from 12th September onwards due to..

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San Javier police break up three illegal gatherings involving 290 people
What’s the point of having rules if those breaking them aren´t penalised???? The covid virus is extending right across the region, fuelled not by foreign visitors going to the beach and having..

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Murcian intensive care units will be full in 2 weeks if Covid situation doesn´t change
Regional health minister warns that there is only one way to prevent the worst forecasts from being fulfilled: stop the contagion On Monday the weekly Monday morning session of the covid monitoring..

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 Jumilla markets return to reduced capacity as case numbers climb
Jumilla has highest number of cases per head of population in the Murcia Region on Monday On Friday Jumilla had become the municipality with the highest number of cases per capita of population..

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Spain could receive 3 million doses of Covid vaccine in December
The Prime Minister said that the first vaccinations could take place in Spain during December on Monday The Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, said on Monday that Spain could receive 3 million..

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Decomposing corpse found just off San Pedro del Pinatar by local fishing boat
The deceased was wearing only a T-shirt and a life jacket, and was in an advanced state of decomposition Image Archive. SM. The Maritime Rescue boat (Sasemar), the Salvamar Mimosa, has taken..

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Albudeite man rescued by helicopter after trying to save a dog
The 37 year-old tried to rescue a dog but fell down a 20 meter embankment in Albudeite and had to be rescued by helicopter himself On Sunday the regional Emergency Services were called out at 12:..

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Excitement as tiny baby loggerhead turtle is found on Calnegre beach
The newborn turtle has now been taken to the IMIDA in San Pedro del Pinatar There was tremendus excitement on Saturday when a tiny baby loggerhead turtle was found on a beach in Calnegre, Lorca..

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Further restrictions on bars and restaurants in Murcia Region; no service sitting at the bar
The Murcia regional government has also limited the size of larger gatherings to 100 On Thursday the Region of Murcia announced its highest ever one day total of 430 cases in 24 hours and reached..

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Hotel on Hacienda del Álamo Golf Resort will re-open under new management
TDI Advisors have signed an agreement with the SAREB to run the hotel Hopefully it’s third time lucky for the four star hotel on the Hacienda del Álamo Golf Resort in Fuente Álamo as management..

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Losses in tourism sector initiate an early rise in unemployment for Murcia
Normally August is a good month for Murcia but the restrictions placed on travel to Spain have upset the apple cart all over the country There has been no doubt since the covid lockdown began in..

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Residential property rental prices in Spain have risen above 50% in the last five years
Valencia records the biggest increase, with 68% compared to 2015 The demand for rental property in Spain is constant, the domestic market remaining strong due to the limited supply of available..

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Flu vaccination in Spain brought forward to first half of October
The Minister for Health, Salvador Illa, said the campaign will start in the care homes of Spain On Thursday a meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) between..

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6 month extension to repeat electronic prescriptions service in Murcia Region
This removes the need to go to the doctor for a repeat prescription for those with chronic illnesses The Murcian Health Service (SMS) has decided to extend the electronic prescriptions service for..

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Radar Covid Tracker App. now operational in the Murcia Region
The App. is now functioning in Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragon, Canary Islands, Extremadura, Castilla y León and the Balearic Islands More than 2 million people have currently downloaded the app...

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Masks must be worn in public areas when travelling to Spain
A few helpful hints for visitors travelling to Spain this summer and concerned about Covid regulations here Updated 18th July due to changing info about masks. Although Spain is open for tourist..

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 Three-month extension for ITVs expiring between June 21st and August 31st
There is a backlog of some 5 million vehicles which ITV centres have to wade through On Tuesday the Council of Ministers approved a three-month extension for the validity of Technical Inspection..

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Calblanque 4:40 bus service begins on 11th July to beaches of Calblanque regional park
4:40 means four wheels can carry as many as 40 wheels if individual cars were to be allowed to drive into the park Click for more information about the beautiful beaches in Calblanque The..

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Ferry resumes between Santiago de la Ribera - La Manga del Mar Menor
The ferry has been closed since March due to the Covid virus Although several of the normal boat trip operators in the Mar Menor and Mazarrón have cancelled services this year the regular ferry..

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La Quinta Club in La Manga Club reopens on July 11th 2020
The prestigious multi-ownership club will welcome owners and visitors again through out the summer After over 30 years offering the very best in self-catering accommodation within La Manga Club..

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Covid safe bus services from Corvera airport to Murcia City 2020
How to book on the Interbus routes at the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera The bus or coach services linking the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera to the coastal..

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From 1st July travellers to Spain must fill out a Passenger Location Card prior to arrival
Aena has contracted 650 further personnel to ensure traveller safety in Spanish airports The Official State Gazette (BOE), has today (1st July) published details of the system of checks on international..

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Five long weekends in the Murcia bank holidays calendar for 2021
In total, there are fourteen set holidays in the Region of Murcia In 2021 there will be five “puentes” or weekends preceded or followed by a bank holiday, giving workers the chance to enjoy..

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To 6th October Juan Méjica in the Puerto de Mazarrón
Location: Paseo ‘Agustín Herrerín’ in the Puerto de Mazarrón Sculptural art in the open air has arrived in the Puerto de Mazarrón and can be visited until 6th October.   Juan Mé..

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Interbus from 6th June:  Los Narejos -Torre Pacheco-Los Alcázares- Murcia
Join the Mar Menor group on Facebook for info about Los Alcázares, San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar, Torre Pacheco, La Unión and Cartagena and keep up to date with all the latest news and events..

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1st June: Cooking points in Sierra Espuña close as summer fire risk increases
As a temporary measure the picnic areas have been cordoned off completely due to the impossibility of disinfecting them NB: The regional fire service put out a note this morning reminding the public..

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Post office opening times limited to 3 hours in the morning throughout Spain
Minimal services are being offered for the duration of the coronavirus crisis The 2,500 offices of Correos, the Spanish post office, are to open for only three hours a day and the number of staff..

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Over 17,000 cases of Covid-19 in Spain by Thursday lunchtime
A rise of over 3,431 cases over the last 24 hours as the death toll rises by 169 The latest official figures produced by the Spanish government show that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-..

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Spain approves 20 billion euro package of economic measures to prevent the destruction of employment
Credit is made available to businesses to improve liquidity and temporary redundancies are given greater flexibility The Spanish cabinet has approved a second package of economic measures designed..

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URGENT APPEAL  from Andreas Animal Rescue as coronacrisis deepens
81 donkeys and 37 dogs need food now The media is full of news about how the coronacrisis is going to affect our bank balances, the long-term economic effects for business, how much our pensions..

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ERTE temporary redundancy schemes and how they affect businesses and the workforce
ERTEs are likely to affect millions of employees in Spain during a prolonged coronavirus crisis As it becomes ever clearer that the coronavirus crisis in Spain and the strict measures imposed by..

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Coronavirus case totals in Murcia and Spain - official measures in place to combat the epidemic
The latest updates according to official sources throughout Spain NOTE: This page will be updated as new information becomes available The latest information regarding the number of coronavirus..

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Coronavirus, the facts – and a list of WHO myth-busters
Recommended precautions to reduce the risk of infection include frequent hand washing but not the use of facemasks The Covid-19 coronavirus which is rapidly spreading from China, where the current..

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Donald Trump amongst the bling at Águilas Carnival 2020
Glitter is back on the menu in Águilas this year As normal, the Carnival peñas in Águilas put on a  fabulous display for 2020, with a completely new set of costumes and dance routines...

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EU Property Solutions address foreign mortgage nightmares
Can they chase me in the UK? Are my UK assets under threat? They could be if you don’t act to solve the problem… Over the last few weeks the staff at EU Property Solutions have noticed a significant..

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Get your dog vaccinated against Leishmaniasis if you live in Spain
No fully effective vaccine has been developed but jabs are a sound investment in your dog’s health The hazards to the health of pet dogs are rather different in Mediterranean coastal areas of..

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Why some Spanish bank accounts are being blocked
Accounts are not being blocked because of anything to do with Brexit; account holders must re-affirm their identity every 2 years regardless of nationality Recently some readers have been expressing..

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Why it is so difficult to solve the current problems in the Mar Menor
The problems faced by the Mar Menor are caused by a complex combination of factors, making easy solutions equally difficult to find Anyone with even a passing interest in current affairs in the..

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So Brexit is finally happening – how the transition period affects expats in Spain
The UK leaves the European Union after 47 years at 23.00 on Friday Brexit is finally upon us and at midnight on Friday (mainland Spanish time) the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union..

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The climate emergency is making intense torrential storms more frequent in Murcia
Image: cars washed into the Mar Menor during the storm of September 2019 Aemet warn that events like Storm Gloria are becoming less exceptional Following the third instance of widespread flooding..

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Changing UK driving licences to Spanish as Brexit looms
Those who are resident in Spain MUST change their licences UPDATE: The following is based on information confirmed by the DGT in mid-January 2019. However, on 29th January the British Embassy in..

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Public and bank holidays in the Region of Murcia 2020
Check now to find the long weekends on the calendar for 2020! National, regional and local holidays in all 45 municipalities of the Region of Murcia Although the official list of public holidays..

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Murcia Gota Fría storm and flooding September 2019: overview
Three days of torrential storms which will live in the memory for many years Those whose familiarity with the Region of Murcia and the rest of south-eastern Spain goes back years have learnt never..

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4,000 episodes of flooding on the east coast of Spain in the last 1,000 years
Flooding has been exacerbated by the change in land use over the last millennium While it is important not to underestimate the intensity of the Gota Fría storm which has caused widespread flooding..

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DGT road closures information page
Up to date information about major road incidents and closures across Spain Click for link A very useful information point for road users during major weather incidents is the Spanish Government..

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How liable is your area of the Costa Cálida to flooding?
An online tool shows the "floodability" of the entire Segura basin in detail As the threat of torrential storms looms large in the Region of Murcia, with a red alert for possible downpours..

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Ripped off?????How to complain about car hire companies via Spanish consumer complaints offices
The advice applies to all Spanish airports and any car hire company although the specific complaints we received related to Corvera airport in Murcia This summer has seen a large number of dissatisfied..

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Check you are on the Padrón and that you have renewed within the last 5 years as no-deal Brexit looks increasingly likely
Padrón and voting rights for UK nationals will change significantly with Brexit This week developments in the UK could indicate that the country is heading for a no-deal Brexit, in which case..

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Alcohol and driving in Spain – legal limits and recommendations
There seems to have been some confusion lately over the legal limit in Spain for the alcohol level of drivers, but the laws have not changed for some time and the figures above which fines can be..

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Bus routes and taxi information from Corvera airport 2020
Last updated July 1st 2020: PLEASE NOTE; BUS SERVICE HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED CLICK ON GALLERY IMAGE TO ENLARGE Corvera airport basic information including taxis, public transport, parking..

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Meaty Melva is an ideal fish for Mediterranean cazuelas and guisos
Pepita’s Cazuela de Melva Empanada is a local recipe from Isla Plana Melva is just one of the environmentally sustainable fish species which can be used for this family recipe. Much has been written..

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Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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