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via thefirstnews10/14/2020

Poland mulls extending red-zone COVID restrictions amid record daily spikes - The First News

The health ministry is "heading towards announcing over a hundred counties as red zones" with the toughest COVID-19 epidemic-related restrictions, including a number of major cities, the ministry's spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz told a Wednesday press conference.

via schengenvisainfo09/29/2020

Poland Updates Its No-Fly List, Allows Flights With Countries in Schengen Area - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Starting from next Wednesday, September 30, Poland will allow flights with countries in the European Schengen area, after updating its no-fly list. The decision will lead to recommencing of connections with Spain which were cancelled since September 2, although the numbers of Coronavirus infections have increased in the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. In addition to this […]

via agriculture09/21/2020

UPDATE 1-Lithuania, Poland and Romania to ask EU leaders to offer trade, visa-free travel to Belarus - Successful Farming

(Adds quote, requirement to hold elections)VILNIUS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania will ask European Union leaders at a summit later this week to offer a support package for Belarus if the country holds a democratic election.The proposed package would include a favourable trade regime with the EU, visa-free travel and support in negotiations to enter the World Trade Organization, according to the statement from the three presidents to the EU leaders seen by Reuters.

via sportsgrindentertainment09/20/2020

Gregory Poland on the COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline - Sports Grind Entertainment

Sep.20 — Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group Director Gregory Poland discusses the timeline for a coronavirus vaccine. He speaks with Guy Johnson and Alix Steel on "Bloomberg Markets." September 17, 2020 Christine WatkinsChristine founded Sports Grind Entertainment with an aim to bring relevant and unaltered Sports news to the general public with a specific view […]

via reuters09/10/2020

CEE MARKETS-Forint snaps win streak as CEE drifts lower - Reuters

Hungary's forint snapped a three-day rally on Thursday, leading central Europe's currencies lower after the central bank signalled a slower economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The Polish zloty also paused a slight rebound seen this week after it touched a six-week low last Friday while the Czech crown continue to drift lower, with a test of another important technical level in sight. Stock markets also mostly slipped as Warsaw had lost 0.9% by 0855 GMT and Budapest was down 0.7% Hungarian bank OTP fell more than 1% when the country's central bank called on commercial banks to extend a suspension of dividend payments until Jan. 1, 2021. Central bank Deputy Governor Barnabas Virag said on Thursday Hungary's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic would be more protracted than previously expected. The forint was down 0.2% mid-morning at 357.40 to the euro, giving up gains from the previous session when the central bank launched swap tenders for foreign currency liquidity. The zloty also lost 0.2% while the crown was off 0.1% and unmoved by August inflation on Thursday that showed price growth above the central bank's tolerance band around its 2% target for a third straight month. The Czech bank has signalled it is keen to keep its key rate at 0.25% going ahead and was ready to tolerate elevated inflation. Hungary has also seen inflation spike, putting its central bank in a tough spot as it keeps policy loose amid the pandemic. Commerzbank analysts said higher inflation could be negative for the forint as it was unlikely to get a hawkish reaction. "We really doubt that the MPC can achieve consensus to stay ahead of the curve when the time really comes to normalise rates," it said. "If the central bank is not going to respond to higher inflation with higher rates, then the effect of higher inflation on the exchange rate is negative, not positive." CEE SNAPSHO AT MARKETS T 1055 CET CURRENC IES Latest Previou Daily Change s bid close change in 2020 EURCZK Czech crown EURHUF Hungary forint 0 0 EURPLN Polish zloty EURRON Romanian leu EURHRK Croatian kuna EURRSD Serbian dinar 0 0 Note: daily change calculated from 1800 CET STOCKS Latest Previou Daily Change s close change in 2020 .PX Prague 901.36 900.680 +0.08% -19.21% 0 .BUX Budapest 34896.9 35142.7 -0.70% -24.27% 4 4 .WIG20 Warsaw <.WIG20 1758.07 1773.37 -0.86% -18.23% > .BETI Bucharest 9131.90 9082.08 +0.55% -8.47% .SBITO Ljubljana <.SBITO 848.99 849.40 -0.05% -8.30% P P> .CRBEX Zagreb <.CRBEX 1606.19 1605.17 +0.06% -20.38% > .BELEX Belgrade <.BELEX 687.45 690.10 -0.38% -14.25% 15 15> .SOFIX Sofia <.SOFIX 433.26 435.07 -0.42% -23.74% > BONDS Yield Yield Spread Daily (bid) change vs Bund change in Czech Republic spread CZ2YT= 2-year s CZ5YT= 5-year s CZ10YT 10-year s Poland PL2YT= 2-year s PL5YT= 5-year s PL10YT 10-year s FRA 3x6 6x9 9x12 3M interba nk Czech Rep Hungary Poland Note: FRA quotes are for ask prices ******************************************************* ******* (Reporting by Jason Hovet in Prague and Anita Komuves in Budapest; Editing by Toby Chopra)

via reuters09/09/2020

FACTBOX-Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 27.72 million, death toll at 898,411 - Reuters

More than 27.68 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 897,780​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. Eikon users can click https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1063154666 for a case tracker. The following table lists the top 50 countries by the number of reported cases. A complete list is available with the above links. COUNTRIES AND TOTAL DEATHS CONFIRMED DEATHS PER TERRITORIES CASES 10,000 INHABITANTS United States 189,719 6,342,875 5.81 India 73,890 4,370,128 0.55 Brazil 127,464 4,162,073 6.09 Russia 18,135 1,041,007 1.26 Peru 30,123 696,190 9.23 Colombia 21,817 679,513 4.39 Mexico 68,484 642,860 5.43 South Africa 15,086 640,441 2.61 Spain 29,594 552,367 6.32 Argentina 10,405 500,034 2.34 Chile 11,682 425,537 6.24 Iran 22,669 393,425 2.77 United Kingdom 41,584 382,973 6.26 France 30,764 369,050 4.59 Bangladesh 4,552 329,251 0.28 Saudi Arabia 4,137 322,237 1.23 Pakistan 6,359 299,659 0.3 Turkey 6,782 283,270 0.82 Italy 35,563 280,153 5.89 Iraq 7,657 269,578 1.99 Germany 9,302 252,793 1.12 Philippines 3,916 241,987 0.37 Indonesia 8,230 200,035 0.31 Ukraine 2,979 142,990 0.67 Israel 1,022 135,288 1.15 Canada 9,153 133,748 2.47 Bolivia 7,097 122,308 6.25 Qatar 205 120,579 0.74 Ecuador 10,627 119,713 6.22 Kazakhstan 1,634 106,498 0.89 Dominican Republic 1,889 100,131 1.78 Egypt 5,541 100,041 0.56 Panama 2,107 98,407 5.04 Romania 4,018 98,304 2.06 Kuwait 552 92,082 1.33 Belgium 9,912 89,141 8.67 Oman 751 87,939 1.56 Sweden 5,842 85,880 5.74 Mainland China 4,634 85,146 0.03 Guatemala 2,890 78,721 1.68 Netherlands 6,244 76,548 3.62 United Arab Emirates 391 75,098 0.41 Morocco 1,394 73,780 0.39 Japan 1,410 73,545 0.11 Belarus 726 73,402 0.77 Poland 2,136 71,526 0.56 Honduras 2,034 65,218 2.12 Portugal 1,846 60,895 1.8 Ethiopia 933 59,648 0.09 Singapore 27 57,132 0.05 Source: Reuters tally based on statements from health ministries and government officials Generated at 1600 GMT.

via reuters09/09/2020

CEE MARKETS-Forint firms as cenbank launches swap tenders for FX liquidity - Reuters

Most Central European currencies held stable on Wednesday, while the Hungarian forint firmed and recouped some of its losses from earlier this week after the central bank launched swap tenders for foreign currency liquidity. The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) said it had added the tenders to its monetary policy toolkit in order to reduce volatility in the domestic fx swap market. The announcement helped the forint regain some of its losses from last week when it fell to a five-month low, analysts said. The currency was up 0.21%, trading at 358.15 versus the euro on Wednesday. "This step strengthens the forint as commercial banks do not need to buy foreign currency in the market," Equilor wrote. This is an "important message about what could be a tolerance range for the EUR/HUF exchange rate," Erste Bank said in a note. Investors were digesting fresh inflation data that did not immediately have an effect on the forint's exchange rate. Hungarian headline inflation accelerated to an annual 3.9% last month from 3.8% in July. The central bank's tax-adjusted core inflation gauge rose to an annual 4.2% in August. The NBH targets 3% headline inflation with a tolerance band of a percentage point on either side. "These numbers are in line with expectations," David Nemeth, senior analyst at KH Bank wrote, adding that he expects inflation to ease in the last months of this year. Hungary has started marketing a four-tranche Samurai bond offering this week that includes a green portion, IFR reported. Hungary has already issued 3.5 billion euros of foreign currency bonds this year under a 4 billion euro plan as Hungary's budget deficit has grown because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus. The Czech finance ministry holds a bond auction later today, offering 2022, 2027 and 2029 bonds . The ministry has eased up on issuance since the record first-half borrowing. The Czech crown was a touch up, firming 0.04% to 26.5070 per euro. Elsewhere, the Polish zloty firmed 0.09% to 4.4538, while the Romanian leu was little moved. Stocks in the region were mixed, with Budapest's bourse down 0.22% and Bucharest's blue-chip index sliding 0.33%. Warsaw's stocks firmed 0.89%, while Prague edged up 0.03%. CEE SNAPSHO AT MARKETS T 1045 CET CURRENC IES Latest Previous Daily Change bid close change in 2020 EURCZK= Czech 26.5070 26.5180 +0.04 -4.06% crown % EURHUF= Hungary 358.150 358.9000 +0.21 -7.54% forint 0 % EURPLN= Polish 4.4538 4.4580 +0.09 -4.43% zloty % EURRON= Romanian 4.8585 4.8580 -0.01% -1.44% leu EURHRK= Croatian 7.5300 7.5325 +0.03 -1.12% kuna % EURRSD= Serbian 117.550 117.5700 +0.02 +0.02 dinar 0 % % Note: calculated from 1800 daily CET change Latest Previous Daily Change close change in 2020 .PX Prague 903.95 903.6600 +0.03 -18.97 % % .BUX Budapest 34961.0 35037.61 -0.22% -24.13 8 % .WIG20 Warsaw 1749.26 1733.88 +0.89 -18.64 % % .BETI Buchares 9083.65 9114.02 -0.33% -8.96% t .SBITOP Ljubljan 847.70 844.46 +0.38 -8.44% a % .CRBEX Zagreb 1595.98 1593.10 +0.18 -20.89 % % .BELEX1 Belgrade <.BELEX15 688.65 691.45 -0.40% -14.10 5 > % .SOFIX Sofia 434.02 434.26 -0.06% -23.61 % Yield Yield Spread Daily (bid) change vs change Bund in Czech spread Republic CZ2YT=R 2-year ps CZ5YT=R 5-year ps CZ10YT= ps Poland PL2YT=R 2-year ps PL5YT=R 5-year ps PL10YT= ps FORWARD 3x6 6x9 9x12 3M interb ank Czech < 0.37 0.39 0.44 0.34 Rep PRIBOR=> Hungary < 0.82 0.93 0.99 0.62 BUBOR=> Poland < 0.20 0.20 0.19 0.23 WIBOR=> Note: are for ask prices FRA quotes ********************************************** **************** (Additional reporting by Jason Hovet in Prague and Alan Charlish in Warsaw, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

via thefirstnews10/10/2020

Poland extends yellow-zone COVID restrictions nationwide as of Saturday - The First News

As of October 10, the full territory of Poland is designated as a 'yellow-zone' subject to renewed restrictions, except for 32 counties and six cities that are on the list of 'red' zones, as the number of new daily cases exceeded 4,000 Thursday and Friday.

via emerging-europe09/23/2020

Poland has a medicine for Covid-19 - Emerging Europe

Polish pharmaceutical company Biomed Lublin claims to have successfully completed the production of a drug for Covid-19. With the firm saying on September 23 that its initial research “has confirmed its efficacy”, it now plans to begin non-commercial clinical trials, and – if all goes well – Poland could be the first country in the […]

via hindustantimes09/15/2020

Poland seeks more flu vaccines amid shortage during Covid-19 pandemic - Hindustan Times

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Poland generally has very low flu vaccinations rates and is seeing a vaccine shortage now because orders for this fall and winter were based on last year’s demand. He told Radio Zet that his ministry met Monday with key vaccine suppliers to explore the possibility of getting more vaccine shipments.

via finance.yahoo09/10/2020

Deadly Hog Fever Found in Germany, Europe’s Top Pork Producer - Yahoo Finance

(Bloomberg) -- A deadly pig disease has materialized in Germany for the first time, threatening to hammer exports from Europe’s biggest hog-producing nation.A confirmed case of African swine fever has been identified in the eastern state of Brandenburg, Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said Thursday at a briefing in Berlin. The virus, which kills most infected pigs within 10 days but is not harmful to humans, was detected in the corpse of a wild boar found near the Polish border.Tests were conducted at Germany’s animal health institute and sensitive areas will now be cordoned off to try to prevent the disease spreading, Kloeckner said.A key supplier to China, the largest consumer, Germany had stepped up efforts to prevent the disease from entering the country since it emerged in western Poland late last year. That included training dogs to sniff out dead wild boar, stockpiling electric fences along the eastern border and urging drivers not to toss ham-sandwich scraps out the window. Eastern Europe has dealt with ASF outbreaks for several years, and neighboring Belgium has also seen cases in wild animals since 2018.The ASF case in Brandenburg deals a further blow to Germany as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. A nationwide lockdown plunged the economy into its worst recession since World War Two and activity isn’t expected to return to pre-crisis levels until the end of next year at the earliest.Germany’s largest pork plant was shuttered for a month this summer after more than 1,000 workers tested positive for Covid-19, and additional abattoirs also faced temporary closures from outbreaks. That’s kept output below normal levels and meat producers throughout Europe and the Americas saw similar problems as slaughterhouses became hotspots for the virus.As soon as a case of ASF is confirmed, even if it’s a wild pig, German pork exports to countries outside the EU will be disrupted as it no longer meets the requirements of most veterinary certificates, according to the DBV farm lobby. Sales within the bloc are still possible under certain conditions.A verified case could bring German exports outside the EU to a “fairly rapid halt,” Justin Sherrard, an animal-protein strategist at Rabobank, said before Kloeckner’s announcement. That may benefit sales from other European shippers, including Spain or Denmark, as well as U.S., Canada or Brazil.That would come at a time when Chinese purchases have been surging as the nation attempts to rebuild its own herds after outbreaks there decimated production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects global pork shipments to climb by almost a fifth compared with 2019.Chicago hog futures climbed by the exchange limit on Thursday, reaching a four-month high. South Korea, the EU’s fourth-largest pork buyer, announced a ban on pork imports from Germany.“This is very friendly, bullish, to U.S. pork prices, if German pork exports are shut down,” said Dennis Smith, a senior account executive at Archer Financial Services. America has been exporting record amounts of pork to China recently.Restrictions on German exports could add to tailwinds for American shipments, with increased sales of U.S. pork and poultry to China one of the few bright spots for the sector hit by coronavirus-related disruptions. Shares of Tyson Foods Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. each rose more than 5%.Kloecker said Germany informed China overnight of the outbreak, but declined to comment further. China accounted for more than half of EU pork exports in the first six months of the year, government data show.German sales in the EU would be protected by using “regionalization” rules to contain the outbreak and maintain trade within the bloc, Kloeckner said. Germany will ring-fence the state of Brandenburg where the case occurred, banning pork-product and livestock shipments, she said.Still, prices across the continent are likely to be pressured amid excess supply, said Rupert Claxton, meat director at consultant Gira. While it’s possible some nations may restrict imports on a regional instead of national basis, many key Asian markets banned Belgian supplies after an outbreak in 2018.More cases in wild pigs are likely as the disease is highly infectious and there’s no vaccine. It can be spread by direct contact between sick and healthy animals, as well as through feeding on garbage containing infected meat and by soft ticks.“There’s no question that we expect it to continue to creep across Germany,” Claxton said. “Once it’s in wild boar in the forests there, it can be very difficult to control.”Neighboring Poland has recently seen a rise in cases, including more than 80 this year at domestic pig farms or backyard holdings. European Commission estimates show the nation has more than 3,000 confirmed infections, mostly in wild boar.Brandenburg, a state on Germany’s border with Poland, will adopt measures to contain the disease, restricting the movement of people and livestock close to the outbreak area and ordering hunters to cull wild boar, Kloeckner said.(Adds detail from farm group in seventh paragraph, updates share moves in 12th.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

via reuters09/10/2020

FACTBOX-Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 27.85 million, death toll at 902,216 - Reuters

More than 27.85 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 902,216​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. Eikon users can click https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1063154666 for a case tracker. The following table lists the top 50 countries by the number of reported cases. A complete list is available with the above links. COUNTRIES AND TOTAL DEATHS CONFIRMED DEATHS PER TERRITORIES CASES 10,000 INHABITANTS United States 190,869 6,376,425 5.84 India 73,890 4,370,128 0.55 Brazil 128,539 4,197,889 6.14 Russia 18,135 1,041,007 1.26 Peru 30,236 702,776 9.27 Colombia 22,053 686,856 4.44 Mexico 69,095 647,507 5.48 South Africa 15,168 642,431 2.63 Spain 29,628 561,233 6.33 Argentina 10,658 512,293 2.4 Chile 11,702 427,019 6.25 Iran 22,669 393,425 2.77 United Kingdom 41,594 385,632 6.26 France 30,794 377,627 4.6 Bangladesh 4,593 331,078 0.28 Saudi Arabia 4,165 323,012 1.24 Pakistan 6,359 299,659 0.3 Turkey 6,837 284,943 0.83 Italy 35,577 281,583 5.89 Iraq 7,732 273,821 2.01 Germany 9,306 254,391 1.12 Philippines 3,986 245,143 0.37 Indonesia 8,336 203,342 0.31 Ukraine 2,979 142,990 0.67 Israel 1,044 139,013 1.18 Canada 9,155 134,294 2.47 Bolivia 7,097 122,308 6.25 Ecuador 10,701 121,122 6.26 Qatar 205 120,846 0.74 Kazakhstan 1,634 106,498 0.89 Dominican Republic 1,914 100,937 1.8 Egypt 5,560 100,228 0.56 Panama 2,116 99,042 5.07 Romania 4,018 98,304 2.06 Kuwait 552 92,082 1.33 Belgium 9,912 89,141 8.67 Oman 751 87,939 1.56 Sweden 5,842 85,389 5.74 Mainland China 4,634 85,146 0.03 Guatemala 2,897 79,622 1.68 Morocco 1,453 77,878 0.4 Netherlands 6,246 77,688 3.62 United Arab Emirates 393 75,981 0.41 Japan 1,425 74,049 0.11 Belarus 726 73,402 0.77 Poland 2,147 71,947 0.57 Honduras 2,034 65,218 2.12 Ethiopia 966 61,700 0.09 Portugal 1,849 61,541 1.8 Singapore 27 57,207 0.05 Source: Reuters tally based on statements from health ministries and government officials Generated at 04:31 GMT.

via finance.yahoo09/09/2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Polish Construction Industry - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Yahoo Finance

The "Poland Construction Industry Databook Series - Market Size & Forecast (2015 - 2024) by Value and Volume (area and units) across 40+ Market Segments, Opportunities in Top 10 Cities, and Risk Assessment - COVID-19 Update Q2 2020" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

via neweurope.eu09/21/2020

Poland allies with Hungary in threat to block Brussels' COVID recovery package - New Europe

Poland on Friday joined Hungary in threatening to block the EU's €1.8 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery package, fearing that the EU Parliament will impose conditions that deny access to funds for countries that violate the rule of law. Both Hungary and Poland have earlier been accused by

via newstypical09/21/2020

Global Marzipan Market (Covid-19) Impact 2020 | Niederegger, Atlanta Poland SA, Odense Marcipan, Zentis, Renshaw, Moll Marzipan - News Typical

Global Marzipan Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 has been carefully executed after studying and observing data regarding revenue, production, and manufacturers. The report features abstracts about statistics, revenue forecasts, and market valuation, which additionally...

via nebraska.tv09/14/2020

Polish Heritage Center celebrates its 20th annual festival despite coronavirus concerns - NTV

On Sunday, September 13, the town of Ashton celebrated the 20th annual Polish Heritage Festival. The Vice-President of the center, Larry Molczyksaid the annual event is a reunion of longtime friends, family and visitors where they can eat Polish food and listen to traditional music. Molczyk said the board wanted to plan a lot bigger for the 20th anniversary but they were able to adjust to current pandemic circumstances.

via sfchronicle09/10/2020

Germany confirms 1st case of swine fever on its territory - San Francisco Chronicle

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has confirmed the first case of African swine fever on its territory, after a wild boar cadaver found in the eastern state of Brandenburg tested positive, the country’s agriculture minister said Thursday. African swine fever is usually deadly for pigs but doesn't affect humans. It has previously been confirmed in several European countries, leading to large-scale culls of wild boars and farmed pigs they have come into contact with. Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said authorities have prepared for the eventuality of a case occurring in Germany and will be imposing measures to prevent a possible spread of the disease from the Spree-Neisse region near the Polish border where the boar was found Wednesday. The measures will include limiting the movement of people and vehicles out of the affected region, bans on farming and targeted culling of wild boars, she said. German farmers had been dreading the arrival of swine fever, considered almost inevitable, because of the impact it will have on the pork industry. Kloeckner said trade in German pork products to other European Union countries will continue for now. She didn't comment on a possible export ban to major markets elsewhere, such as China. The head of the German Farmers Association expressed concern about the outbreak, noting that there is no vaccine available yet for the virus that causes African swine fever. “We demand that politicians and authorities do everything to contain the epidemic and push it out of Germany again,” said Joachim Rukwied. “We absolutely need to have a wild boar-free zone along the Polish border.” Both Poland and Hungary have reported over 3,000 cases of African swine fever this year.

via gzeromedia09/09/2020

US election seen from Poland: "Extremely lucky" to have Trump - GZERO Media

Lukasz Warzecha is a commentator at the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy, based in Warsaw, Poland. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.Gabrielle Debinski: How do you think the Polish government sees the differences between a potential Biden foreign policy and a continuation of the T...

via world-nuclear-news.org09/09/2020

Poland plans USD40bn investment in new nuclear plants : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

Polish Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka yesterday unveiled his plan to construct six new nuclear power units by 2040 as the country transitions to a clean energy economy. This plan includes reducing the share of coal in electricity production to between 37% and 56% in 2030, and to between 11% and 28% in 2040, depending on CO2 prices. Coal last year accounted for 74% of Polish electricity generation.