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Spain’s Coronavirus situation is not being considered stable by a large share of EU countries, with many of them advising their citizens not to travel to Spain for non-essential purposes. Health authorities in Spain have reported 8,618 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, leading Schengen countries to tighten their preventive measures, with some of them even […]
Norway is the latest European country to crack down on travel from a host of neighbors where Covid is making a startling comeback. France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Monaco and several Swedish regions have been added to its high-risk “red” list, as quarantine measures bring tourism to a halt.
Norwegian citizens who travel to France, Switzerland, Monaco, the Czech Republic and some regions in Sweden for non-essential purposes must undergo ten days of mandatory quarantine upon return, Norwegian’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The decision came after the National Institute of Public Health estimated that the Coronavirus situation is not exactly under control […]
Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. The state will go to the hybrid approach in September if community transmission of the virus is brought under control.
A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 4 passengers and 36 crew members. The 40 people on the MS Roald Amundsen who tested positive have been admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle, where the ship currently is docked. "A preliminary evaluation shows that there has been a failure in several of our internal procedures," Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said in a statement.
What better place to build a Doomsday Vault than the remote, snow-covered islands of Norway's Arctic Svalbard? Sitting around 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole, the facility is buried in permafrost to protect the precious seed samples housed there. But a freak heatwave is causing the region's ice to melt.
week high vs yen * Oil currencies flourish as oil prices rise * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Adds new comment, updates prices) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The dollar fell from one-week highs and the euro topped $1.18 on Tuesday as investors flocked to currencies that benefit from an improving global market outlook, with the S&P 500 nearing a record high and investor sentiment in Germany rising more than expected. Aside from the euro, sterling and commodity-linked currencies such as the Australian and Canadian dollars, as well as the Norwegian crown, gained against a broadly weakening dollar. "Europe's political and economic situation in terms of dealing with the pandemic has become far more stable than that of the United States," said Juan Perez, senior currency trader at Tempus Inc. in Washington. "No matter how gradual the recovery may seem in the U.S. and even though the economic indicators may be positive, the reality is that the United States has not handled COVID well and the economic shutdown has created an uncertainty difficult to move away from," he added. In early afternoon trading, the dollar index was down 0.1% at 93.503, sliding from a one-week high hit earlier in the session. The euro rose after the ZEW survey of economic sentiment rose to 71.5 from 59.3 the previous month, far exceeding a forecast for 58.0 in a Reuters poll of economists. As a result, euro/dollar hit a high of $1.1809. The move was exacerbated by thin August liquidity, said Jane Foley, senior currency analyst at Rabobank, and she was "suspicious" about how much effect the ZEW survey had. The euro was last up 0.2% at $1.1763. "We need to wait 'til September to see clear direction coming from euro/dollar," Foley said. The U.S. dollar has held a floor, despite losses, amid U.S.-China tensions and a stalemate between Congress and the Trump administration over fiscal stimulus. The U.S. currency, however, hit a three-week highs against the yen, as U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose to four-week peaks. Congressional leaders and administration officials said on Monday they were ready to resume negotiations on a coronavirus aid deal. It was unclear whether they could bridge their differences. Meanwhile, China imposed sanctions on 11 U.S. citizens, including Republican lawmakers, following Washington's sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said companies from China and other countries that do not comply with accounting standards will be delisted from U.S. stock exchanges as of the end of 2021. Market response to the U.S.-China conflict has been limited, but analysts say there could be longer-term implications. Sterling traded up 0.1% at $1.3088 after Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said the central bank will step up quantitative easing if the British economy struggles again. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 1:50 PM (1750 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1760 $1.1736 +0.20% +4.91% +1.1807 +1.1723 Dollar/Yen JPY= 106.5600 105.9500 +0.58% -2.11% +106.5900 +105.9300 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 125.33 124.36 +0.78% +2.77% +125.5000 +124.3600 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9156 0.9156 +0.00% -5.39% +0.9168 +0.9106 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.3087 1.3070 +0.13% -1.29% +1.3131 +1.3057 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3276 1.3350 -0.55% +2.23% +1.3361 +1.3270 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7160 0.7149 +0.15% +1.98% +0.7189 +0.7146 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.0771 1.0746 +0.23% -0.75% +1.0791 +1.0736 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8985 0.8977 +0.09% +6.28% +0.9010 +0.8970 NZ NZD= 0.6587 0.6589 -0.03% -2.21% +0.6626 +0.6572 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.9810 9.0354 -0.60% +2.31% +9.0524 +8.9323 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 10.5658 10.6020 -0.34% +7.40% +10.6745 +10.5420 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 8.7373 8.7493 -0.05% -6.53% +8.7731 +8.7048 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.2764 10.2812 -0.05% -1.84% +10.3038 +10.2669 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss Editing by Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman)
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As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a "second wave" of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens the free movement of goods and people — a foundation that the world's biggest trading bloc is built on.
The Norwegian American Football Federation has announced that it has officially cancelled the 2020 season. The NAIF had planned to hold a season and was the first federation to officially move their season to the fall. Normally the men’s football season in Norway starts in April and ends in late June. Like the rest of Europe, the Norwegian youth […]
By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews The National Institute of Public Health in Norway is reporting a total of 53 people with confirmed COVID-19 infection on two voyages of the Hurtigruten vessel, MS Roald Amundsen. The two voyages around Svalbard with boarding and disembarking in Tromsø occurred on 17-24 July and 24-31 July. Of the 53 cases, 37 were detected […]
The outlook for Norway's manufacturing industries fell in July as orders and output levels declined, a key business survey showed on Monday. The DNB Purchasing Managers' Index decreased to 43.3 points in July from a revised 48.8 points in June, logistics association NIMA and brokers DNB Markets said. Readings below 50 points indicate a contraction in the manufacturing sector of the economy, while readings above 50 signal expansion. Survey results do however tend to be more volatile during the peak summer season. "The July numbers are more uncertain than for most other months due to the holidays, when some firms halt production," NIMA and DNB Markets said in a statement. In March, the PMI index hit an 11-year low amid the coronavirus outbreak and a sharp drop in the price of crude oil, Norway's most important export. The DNB PMI index numbers for Norway were: July Revised June June PMI 43.3 48.8 48.9 Order intake 35.4 44.2 43.9 Production 41.8 48.5 48.8 Employment 45.1 47.2 47.5 Suppliers' delivery time 55.2 58.6 59.0 Inventory 50.6 48.1 47.7 (Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)
Norway has more coastline than Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sweden and France combined and ten times as many islands as Greece, the country's tourism agency is boasting in its new advertising campaign for British holidaymakers forced to rethink travel plans in light of Europe's 'second wave'.
BRUSSELS -- As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a "second wave" of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens the free movement of goods and people -- a foundation upon which the world's biggest trading bloc is built.
A week after publishing its second review of the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, the EU Council has decided to update the list again, though it had previously noted the list would be updated every two weeks. On August 7, the EU Council issued a reviewed recommendation to the EU and Schengen Area Member […]
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HONOLULU - Hawaii officials say the state's public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials had originally planned to start the year with a mostly hybrid model in which students would alternate between online and in-person classes. The state will go to the hybrid approach in September if community transmission of the virus is brought under control. Oahu has seen the majority of new cases in recent weeks, filling up hospital beds and spurring officials to close beaches, parks and hiking trails. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: - California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest in U.S. - 7-year-old boy dies of coronavirus in Georgia, youngest in state - Lebanon's health ministry reports new daily record 279 cases; adds 70 deaths - Citing New York's low coronavirus numbers, Gov. Cuomo is clearing the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning. - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's positive-then-negative test results for the coronavirus serve as a reminder that no test is definitive. - Russia boasts its about to become the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, with vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that haven't completed clinical trials. ___ Follow AP's pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: MELBOURNE,...
(10 a.m. EDT) -- The international cruise industry took a step back this weekend, as two lines that had restarted operations reported COVID-19 outbreaks among passengers and crew. Both lines -- Hurtigruten in Norway and Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia -- had restarted operations with clearly lai
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