Suspected cases in Murcia Region exceed 12,000 as actual case count rises to 773
In total 25,000 people are being monitored telephonically by the health service The surreal Coronavirus pandemic continues its onward march and to our horror we find that the thousands of cases has become nothing more than the word "cases." Some expats on social media are still arguing that the media is "sensationalising" the crisis and failing to report the number of..

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Staff applaud in Lorca as Totana nurse becomes first patient to recover in the hospital
She is the 12th patient to recover in the Region of Murcia Elena Lucerga Romera was cheered and clapped by staff of the Rafael Méndez hospital in Lorca this evening as she left the ward after successfully recovering from coronavirus. 🔊 🔝 Hoy acabamos el día con una grandísima noticia 👌🥰 Primera totanera que recibe el alta, en el hospital Rafael Méndez @Area3Lorca 🥳 🎉🎊 ‼..

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Lorca agriculturalists donate materials and equipment to disinfect the streets
Lorca town hall has issued a message of thanks for the welcome support The agricultural sector in Lorca is supporting the efforts of the town hall of the municipality to fight coronavirus and has donated disinfectant and ceded the use of agricultural machinery to use in the task. Although many independent companies and individuals are supporting the initiative, the biggest donation has come..

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Coronavirus lockdown fines in Lorca will be used to buy facemasks for medical staff
175 fines were imposed by the Policía Local in Lorca in the first 10 days of lockdown Diego José Mateos, the Mayor of Lorca, announced on Tuesday that all money generated by fines on people breaking the coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be used to acquire equipment such as facemasks, protective gloves and other material required by healthcare workers. The decision has been made..

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Bolnuevo Erosions damaged by the bad weather
More than 63mm of rain had fallen by 1pm and it has continued to rain all afternoon After 24 hours of torrential rain readers have been joking this afternoon on social media that the only thing we haven´t got over here in Spain at the moment is a plague of locusts to accompany our Coronacrisis, Brexit fall-out and seemingly endless flooding, but the blows just keep on coming and have clobbered..

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Marines from the Tercio de Levante arrive in Águilas to join coronavirus containment efforts
The Mayoress of Águilas welcomed the Marines from the Tercio de Levante deployed in Águilas The Mayoress of Águilas, Mari Carmen Moreno, and the councillor for Citizen Security, Tomás Consentino, met and welcomed the Marines of the Tercio de Levante this morning who have been deployed in the town to carry out containment tasks as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19.  ..

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Murcia health service asks to use military premises in Cartagena as a coronavirus overflow hospital
The help of the army is requested to create an overflow field hospital next to the Arrixaca in El Palmar The Department of Health in the regional government of Murcia has made an official request that buildings owned by the military in Cartagena be made available to house coronavirus patients, as well as asking for help from the army in establishing a temporary field hospital outside the busy..

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Santa Florentina food market in Cartagena remains open with increased safety precautions
Long queues form outside the building as only a few customers are allowed in at a time Despite the coronavirus emergency and the declaration of a lockdown all over Spain people are still allowed out of their homes to shop for food, and the Santa Florentina indoor market in the city of Cartagena is still very much in demand after strengthening its health and safety procedures. On Saturday..

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Special shopping hour for the elderly in Águilas
Over 65's will receive special attention and assistance between 09:00 and 10:00 The Carrefour supermarket in the Águilas Plaza Shopping Centre is operating a special shopping hour for the over 65's of the municipality between 09:00 and 10:00 to assist the elderly or those with mobility difficulties to acquire their necessities. Staff will be on hand to help the elderly and those with mobility..

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Alhama de Murcia  municipal services work to disinfect the streets
Essential shops, supermarkets and services continue to function in the municipality Although businesses in Alhama de Murcia are respecting the lockdown order, essential shops and trade services including food stores and pharmacies are continuing to function, so in order to support efforts to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 the town hall is undertaking a major programme to spray streets..

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Cartagena, Mazarrón and La Unión: medical centres open and local surgeries closed during the coronavirus emergency
43 surgeries close down as resources are pooled at the 16 main medical centres in the area Following the announcement earlier in the week that in response to the coronavirus emergency the regional health service of Murcia is closing local “consultorios” or surgeries and concentrating its staff and resources in the “centros de salud”, clarification of what this means in the Health Area..

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 Águilas intensifies disinfection in the streets to minimise coronavirus spread
Streets are being deep-cleaned with a sodium hypochlorite-based disinfectant The town hall of Águilas, the Ayuntamiento de Águilas, is undertaking additional intensive cleaning in the streets and of street furniture as a preventative measure to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the municipality.   The councillor for municipal services, Isabel Fernández, explained that the cleaning..

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Lockdown means lockdown. Águilas police amongst those forced to fine
Some people are ignoring the lockdown restrictions Águilas police have posted an image on social media showing just how many sanctions they are being forced to impose on those who ignore the lockdown order.   Although the majority of Águilas residents are obeying the confinement order issued by the Spanish Government as part of its declaration of the State of Emergency due to the coronavirus..

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Águilas council has set in motion a solidarity support network to offer basic services to the elderly living alone or those who lack family support.
Volunteers will collect the items required on behalf of those needing support and deliver them to a home address The Ayuntamiento de Águilas,(town hall of Águilas) via the department of social services and with the collaboration of volunteers from Protección Civil and the Spanish Red Cross, the Cruz Roja, have initiated the service in order to assist the most vulnerable members of the local..

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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 are going to devalue, how many people will die, but what about the devastating effects on charities and all those who are such a backbone of our community life, what about them????????? Well, the..

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FAST work in telephone triage to form English-Spanish coronabridge for the expat community
Expat volunteers are working with the Spanish Emergency Services to eliminate language barriers and support the work to contain coronavirus As much as the news is full of misery and woe, there's nothing like a crisis to bring out the best of human nature, and in the Mazarrón municipality, on the Camposol Urbanisation, the ex-pat community is fortunate to have an organisation called FAST...

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Cartagena fire brigade urge caution against domestic disasters while confined to the home
Most accidents occur in the home… make sure it doesn’t happen to you! With the population of Cartagena and the rest of Spain confined to their homes as one of the measures decreed within the national coronavirus emergency, the local fire brigade have issued a reminder of basic precautions to reduce the risk of frayed tempers and nerves resulting in domestic emergencies as people neglect..

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Águilas school registration period for 2020/21 extended due to coronavirus crisis
15/03/2020 During the period of coronavirus confinement it will not be possible to present applications for children to be admitted to State schools in person The period in which applications for pupils to be admitted to schools for the next academic year has been extended until 21st April. In addition, for the next 14 days applications may only be presented online. During the confinement..

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Aqualia closes customer services offices
Clients can only contact the company via phone and internet Aqualia is closing all of its customer offices in response to the lockdown announced by the Spanish Government on Saturday and will only attend clients via email or by phone until the lockdown is lifted.   The company states that telephone numbers for all its offices are available from its webpage; www.aqualia.com/es/area-de..

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Cartagena cancels or postpones almost all public events
The measures in Cartagena are in line with those being announced in other municipalities of Murcia The Town Hall of Cartagena has followed suit with the majority of the other 44 municipalities in the Region of Murcia and announced a wholesale cancellation or postponement of almost all public events for as long as is required during the coronavirus crisis in Spain. On Thursday Mayoress Ana..

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Mazarrón cancels weekly markets and closes municipal installations
Sports installations, museums and centres for the elderly are all being closed Schools will all close from Friday afternoon onwards until the end of March across the region.   Please follow Murcia Today on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest updates locally for the Region of Murcia and the main information for the rest of Spain: https://www.facebook.com/MurciaToday/. Please..

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Official communiqué from the Town Hall of Alhama de Murcia concerning measures adopted in response to COVID-19
12/03/2020 In the light of the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 both worldwide and in the Region of Murcia, the Committee for Security and Health of the Town Hall of Alhama de Murcia met for the second time this morning. It was decided that the following preventative measures should be taken, following the health recommendations of the relevant authorities. These measures shall remain in force..

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Águilas Town Hall cancels all guided tours and official events - but the castle remains open
Águilas takes precautions against the spread of the Covid-19 virus The Town Hall and tourist office of Águilas in the south-west of the Region of Murcia has announced that due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout Spain all Town Hall events have been suspended indefinitely. The decision has been made, as in countless other municipalities, in an effort to slow down the spread..

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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. Last year costumes generally followed an environmental theme, many of them including recycled materials, but this year not a recycled lollipop stick was to be seen, with bling firmly back on the carnival..

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New free parking for Lorca weekly market
The town hall has organised free parking opposite the Huerto de la Rueda from this week The main weekly shopping market in Lorca is a good one, and is much larger than many other local municipal markets, held every Thursday at the Huerto de la Rueda next to the Santa Quiteria fairground and conference centre, except during the Feria de Lorca in September when it temporarily moves to Calle Tom..

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A chance for Bremainers to fight for individual EU citizenship?
UK nationals opposed to Brexit believe they could apply for individual associate EU citizenship The UK has now left the European Union and the two sides have the remainder of 2020 to negotiate their future relationship, but a considerable number of British people, living both in the UK and abroad, regret losing their status as EU citizens. Unlikely as it may seem, though, there is still..

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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 seldom contains any surprises, it always arouses great interest as people scan the calendar for “puentes” (bridges), as long weekends are referred to in Spanish. One peculiarity of the 2020..

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