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During a renovation of service premises, which for nearly 70 years had been used by Warsaw's legendary milk bar "Złota Kurka", a set of historic ceramic panels has been discovered. The panels are covered with paintings showing animals and plants. "Most likely more such items will be found inside" - said Warsaw's historic preservation officer.

A 65-year-old man found an envelope containing money near a bike lane in Słupsk. He took it to a local police station. More than a week later, the owner of the envelope has been found. More precisely, the owner's mother came to the station and proved the envelope belonged to her 13-year-old son Mateusz.

"I'm happy to inform that we've freed nearly 18,000 vaccination appointment dates" - said the Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz. He was relating to reports that people who had got vaccinated during May weekend without registration were said to have been blocking appointments booked earlier on. The spokesman also commented on reports regarding many people travelling between cities due to vaccine shortages.

The police in Racibórz received a report about a 40-year-old man in dark blue clothes who had been spotted entering his car intoxicated at a gas station. Later on the man was said to have been blocking traffic in a small neighbourhood street. When the police patrol arrived at the scene, the suspect fired his gun. The officer who approached the car was shot dead, while his partner shot the the suspect in the leg.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Poland on celebrating the 230th anniversary of the 3rd May Constitution of 1791. "The friendship shared by the United States and Poland traces its origins to the late 18th century when our countries adopted our respective constitutions" - he said in a statement.

Editors-in-chief of three daily newspapers owned by Polska Press Group have been fired - group's board member Dorota Kania informed on Twitter. The three editors were Marek Twaróg from "Dziennik Zachodni", Jerzy Sułkowski from "Gazeta Krakowska", and Stanisław Sowa from "Nowiny". Their replacements have been already chosen, Kania added.

COVID-19 vaccinations in care centres for people with disabilities will begin on May 10 - the chief of the PM's office Michał Dworczyk said on Friday. He added that vaccine orders for these institutions would be treated with priority by the Government Strategic Reserves Agency.

Deputy Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy Waldemar Buda said on Friday the government would adopt the National Recovery Plan later that day, and then send the document over to the EU Commission. He added everything seemed to suggest there was a necessary political consensus over the project.

A police officer form Tarnów Podgórny (near Poznań) spotted a little scared animal on the side of the road. He stopped his car, blocked the traffic and carefully approached the animal which turned out to be a little fox. The cub was injured and the officer took it to a vet.

Half of respondents have a negative opinion regarding government action aimed at fighting the pandemic, according to a poll conducted by Kantar for "Fakty" TVN and TVN24. The survey also showed that 45 percent of those asked share a positive opinion.

If the parliamentary election was held in the coming days, the United Right ruling coalition would gather 30 percent of votes, according to the latest phone survey conducted by Kantar pollster for "Fakty" TVN and TVN24. The opposition Civic Coalition would get 21 percent, Szymon Hołownia's Poland 2050 would secure 20 percent (in the previous poll, 4 percent said they would support Polish Coalition of PSL and Kukiz'15).

"Whoever disagrees with the government can get arrested and sentenced based on aspersions" - said the President of the Supreme Audit Office Marian Banaś. He referred to a search of his son's house carried out by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau. "This was yet another search of the same property. My son, just like myself, has been under constant surveillance and faced repression along with his family" - Banaś added.

Poland announced a staggered reopening of the economy in May as it emerges from a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with shopping centres set to reopen from Tuesday, followed later in the month by hotels, restaurants and other services. By the end of May, all students should return to schools.

Warsaw City Hall has announced it would install 165 sensors to monitor air quality in the city and the outskirts. A tender has just been opened for the delivery of the devices and software. Experts from the Warsaw University of Technology have selected locations where the sensors will be set up.

Poland's opposition Left block said on Tuesday that the government had accepted its proposals for how money from the European Union's COVID-19 recovery fund should be spent, bringing Polish approval for the plan a step closer. Later that day Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the government has adopted a draft law ratifying the EU recovery plan. "We're sending this bill to the parliament" - he said.

President Andrzej Duda, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin and PM's office chief Michał Dworczyk on Tuesday met with representatives of industries shut down due to the pandemic. Among the topics they discussed was reopening of the economy. Gowin proposed a draft schedule and dates.

Poland plans to build a zero-emission energy system in the next two decades and cut the share of coal in power production to 11% in 2040 from around 70% now, President Andrzej Duda said in remarks for the White House virtual climate summit on Friday (April 23).

A 16-month-old baby girl was travelling in a car with her parents. Suddenly, the baby choked on a piece of apple. Terrified couple stopped the car on the hard shoulder. A soldier was the first one to rush to rescue the baby who couldn't take a breath. Soon after he was joined by a police patrol that was driving nearby.

"I'm certain judge Adam Roch will allow to have me detained and forcibly taken in" - judge Igor Tuleya told TVN24 on Thursday. The Disciplinary Chamber, not recognised by the Supreme Court, has been examining his case for two days. "That's the cost of fighting to protect the rule of law" - the judge added. However, despite his worst predictions, later that evening, the chamber finally read the verdict, according to which judge Tuleya should not be detained.

History aficionado and detectorist Aleksander Miedwiediew has found a bare sword, a sheath, a knight's belt with two knives attached to it - all most likely date back to the times of Battle of Grunwald. The finder handed over the items to regional authorities, who in turn passed it over to the Battle of Grunwald Museum.

A film canister from the WWII era has been found in Lubań, Lower Silesia. The metal container is practically intact and, according to a local museum, hides an old film reel. Is there a film recorded on it, or more importantly, can it be played? These questions are to be answered real soon.

Starting April 26 in 11 regions, children in the first three years of primary school will partially resume lessons at schools. Hairdressing and beauty salons will also be opened - Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Wednesday. In the remaining 5 regions where the epidemiological situation is still difficult all restrictions will remain in place.

The chairman of Polish Football Association Zbigniew Boniek has been appointed vice-president of the Union of European Football Associations. Furthermore, his membership in the UEFA Executive Committee has been extended for another four years. "This is a huge, individual acknowledgement of his work done so far as member of UEFA Executive Committee and PZPN Chairman!" - spokesperson for Poland's FA Maciej Sawicki said.

A glass cube has been unveiled at Nowolipki street on the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The installation marks the exact spot where part of the Ringelblum Archive was found. The documents are an account describing the horrors the Jewish people were subjected to during the Holocaust.

The Council of Europe Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights has rejected all Polish candidates for ECHR judges - TVN24 reporter Michał Tracz learned on Friday. There were three Polish candidates: Aleksander Stępkowski, Elżbieta Karska and Agnieszka Szklanna.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out exactly 78 years ago, on April 19, 1943. To mark the anniversary, foreign diplomats stationed in Poland paid their respects to the fallen heroes. "We remember those who had the courage to oppose tyranny and who put everything on the line, knowing that the chances for freedom were slim" - Chargé d'Affaires in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Bix Aliu wrote in a statement.

Sound of blaring sirens could be heard across Warsaw at noon on Monday. This is a symbolic form of homage to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This year is the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the rising.

"Who is the woman in Chris Niedenthal's famous photo? A student renting the flat, owners' daughter, friend of the family, or maybe it's her apartment?" - Wrocław Museum of Architecture asks for help in identifying the young woman from a photograph taken in early 1980s. They already follow first leads, but any help would still be welcome.

"Today we stand a chance to defeat the pandemic, but first we all should want to get vaccinated" - Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday in Gdańsk. He also said it was "highly likely" for Poland to develop herd immunity by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

Stanisław Kowalski has turned 111 on April 14, 2021. Only a few years back, the oldest living male in Poland was still taking part in athletic competitions. Nowadays, he no longer runs and throws the discus or the hammer, but simply enjoys his retirement. According to those who spent his birthday with him, Mr Kowalski "still has plenty of life energy and is in good spirits".

Two members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andrzej Pisalnik and his wife Iness Todryk-Pisalnik have been already released and returned to their home in Grodno. On Wednesday morning they were detained by the police and taken to Minsk for interrogation in relation to the ZPB board members, including Andżelika Borys and Andrzej Poczobut, who are under investigation.

Catholics should refuse to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots, unless they have no other vaccines to choose and are expected to for instance at work - chairman of episcopal bioethics experts team Bishop Józef Wróbel said in a statement on Wednesday. Government Information Centre said in response that many lives depend on the vaccination programme.

Żłobki i przedszkola wrócą do stacjonarnego funkcjonowania od poniedziałku. Zostaną otwarte też obiekty sportowe na świeżym powietrzu - poinformował minister zdrowia Adam Niedzielski. Pozostałe restrykcje będą przedłużone do 25 kwietnia. Hotele i obiekty noclegowe będą zamknięte do 3 maja.

The first general vaccination point, together with 16 pilot sites, will be open April 19, Prime Minister's Chancellery chief and national vaccine programme coordinator Michał Dworczyk said at a press conference on Tuesday. He explained the government's aim was to carry out 20 million vaccinations by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

There is no credible reason to believe the former minister of transport Sławomir Nowak will attempt to mislead the investigation, while there has been a number of shortcomings in the manner the prosecutor's office and the Central Anticorruption Bureau have been handling the case - the tvn24.pl portal has unofficially learned these were the main arguments behind the court's decision to release the former minister from detention.

A Polish court ruled on Monday that antitrust approval for state-owned refiner PKN Orlen's takeover of newspaper publisher Polska Press should be suspended, said the office of the Polish human rights commissioner, which brought the appeal.

The police blocked entry routes to the Jasna Góra meadows. Bikers who couldn't enter gathered in the nearby streets. Some 100 fines were issued, and videos and photos from the event are to be examined by the prosecutor and sanitary authority. Sunday's pilgrimage marked the start of the biking season.

The Council of Europe Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights has rejected all Polish candidates for ECHR judges - TVN24 reporter Michał Tracz learned on Friday. There were three Polish candidates: Aleksander Stępkowski, Elżbieta Karska and Agnieszka Szklanna.

Poland's Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar has asked the Constitutional Tribunal to remove the court's head Julia Przyłębska from the adjudicating panel in the case regarding the legality of the Ombudsman's service after the end of his term. Bodnar said a "lawless" change has been made to panel ahead of the trial.

"As regards to the number of hospital beds and ventilators, Polish people should feel safe" - President Andrzej Duda said on Friday after the Cabinet Council meeting. He informed that over 10,000 hospital beds and approximately 1,000 ventilators were free and ready to use.

"The purpose of my visit was to reaffirm our policy that Ukraine is not alone in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of its borders and that Ukraine has every reason to defend itself" - Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Thursday in Kiev.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and some of the measures taken to tackle it had a devastating effect on the lives of millions, but also revealed, and sometimes aggravated, existing patterns of abuses and inequalities" - Amnesty International wrote in its international report for 2020/21. The document closely examines human rights situation across the world. In the section devoted to Poland, the organisation lists, among other things, further erosion of the independence of the judiciary, attack on LGBTI rights, and restricted access to abortion.

Poland will extend COVID-19 restrictions until April 18, its health minister said on Wednesday, as the country struggles to cope with a third wave of infections that authorities fear could be aggravated by people mixing at Easter.

Health Ministry on Monday (March 6) informed about 8,245 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and 60 COVID-related deaths. According the ministry data, over 78 percent of ventilators dedicated to COVID patients were in use.

Krzysztof Krawczyk has died. He was a legendary figure of the Polish music scene. The famous baritone singer will be long-remembered for hits such as "Parostatek", "Jak minął dzień", and "Rysunek na szkle". In recent weeks, he went through COVID-19. After two weeks in, he left the hospital on Saturday.

Good news from Germany. Bayern's key striker Robert Lewandowski is set to resume training. However, according to "Sport1" reporter, Poland skipper is still unlikely to play in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against PSG on April 13. "The knee joint must be spared. Current tendency, whether he can play in the return match against Paris: Rather not!" - Florian Plettenberg wrote.

Two dogs ran away from a household in the outskirts of Kielce and roamed the streets of the city in the night, only to show up at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the door of a police station. "They must have been desperate to join the force" - police officers say.

Despite calls and appeals to stay at home, many Poles have decided to fly on holidays abroad. We've received a photo on our Kontakt24 platform, showing a large crowd of passengers in the departures terminal at Warsaw Chopin Airport. Even up 1,000 people stood next to each other and kept no distance between themselves.

Hungarian right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Polish ally Mateusz Morawiecki met Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's League party, on Thursday (April 1) in Hungary’s capital Budapest to try to lay the groundwork for a new European political grouping.

Approximately 30,000 people and 13,500 flats have been already registered in the National Census of Population and Housing, said the chairman of Poland's Central Statistical Office (GUS) Dominik Rozkrut. The mandatory National Census of Population and Housing 2021 has been launched on Thursday.

Poles rushed to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday morning after the government unexpectedly opened registrations for people aged over 40 overnight, in a sudden shift that led to so many applications that an online system crashed. After the glitch has been fixed, people aged less than 60 will be rescheduled from April to the second half of May, said PM's aide Michał Dworczyk.

It's official. Grzegorz Krychowiak will be available to play for Poland against England at Wembley on Wednesday. Poland's Football Association (PZPN) confirmed earlier today that UEFA has allowed the midfielder to join his team.

Iga Świątek shook the world again, but this time with her tears. Polish tennis prodigy started crying after losing a game in a match against Ana Konjuh in Miami. Now, the 19-year-old from Raszyn has issued a statement on social media.

Health Ministry informed on Wednesday about 32,874 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, as well as the record 653 COVID-related fatalities. Since the start of the pandemic, Poland has reported 2,321,717 infections and 53,045 deaths.

"We want to vaccinate all those who want to by the end of August" - said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a press conference on Tuesday. Together with his aide Michał Dworczyk and Health Minister Adam Niedzielski, the PM announced a new schedule of vaccinations, as well as changes to the national vaccination programme.

A passerby notified the police about a crowd of young people gathered at a small headland at the Pogoria III lake in Dąbrowa Górnicza. "We ID-checked 123 people either right before or right after 18 years of age. There wasn't even a 1-metre distance between them" - the police said.

The Ministry of Health informed on Tuesday about 20,870 new coronavirus infections and the death of 461 COVID patients. A week ago on Tuesday 16,741 cases were reported. So far, Poland has had 2,288,826 infections and 52,392 fatalities.

210,813,830 zlotys. This is the sum collected during the 29th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) this year. It's 24 million more than in 2020. The record-breaking figure was confirmed at a conference on Monday by the charity's founder Jurek Owsiak. "We, the citizens, have taken matters into our own hands. This has been a big, huge civic effort" - he said. The money will be used to buy equipment for children's laryngology and head diagnostic wards.

Pope Francis has decided to punish Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź and Bishop Edward Janiak for covering up sex abuse in the Church. They have been ordered to reside outside their dioceses and banned from participating in public religious gatherings within its borders.

One of the largest ships used in building offshore wind turbines will be overhauled in Gdańsk shipyard. Crane ship Orion I needs to be repaired after an accident which took place in May, 2020, in a shipyard in Rostock, Germany. "Ten large shipyards in Europe competed in a bid to renovate the vessel, but the Gdańsk Remontowa Shiprepair Yard won" - said Grzegorz Landowski, communications director from Remontowa Holding.

"We will not leave our compatriots in Belarus behind, we will intervene on their behalf" - Poland's President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday. His spokesman said earlier that day the president had asked OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid to look into the arrests of Polish activists in Belarus as soon as possible.

The chief of Poland's prime minister's office on Thursday said a judge from Belarus, who had ordered the arrest of Polish diaspora association chief Andżelika Borys, would be indefinitely banned from entering Poland. Michał Dworczyk earlier that day told TVN24 about "persecution of the Polish minority" carried out by Belarusian media. "This is a deliberate attempt by Belarusian authorities to create tensions between Poles and Belarusians" - he said about the arrest of Polish activist Andrzej Poczobut. Polish authorities did not exclude extending of sanctions already imposed on Belarus.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, together with Health Minister Adam Niedzielski, on Thursday announced more restrictions to curb the surging number of infections as hospitals lack enough beds and ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients. "Poland today is in the most difficult moment of the pandemic in 13 months" - the prime minister said.

"Today, we present our own finding, never-before seen memorabilia of Eilert Dieken. The very one who decided the death of the Ulma family" - the head of the Pilecki Institute Wojciech Kozłowski said. On Wednesday, the institute presented the archive of Eilert Dieken - a German military police lieutenant who had been in charge of a unit responsible for killing the Ulma family and eight Jews they had been sheltering.

Polish football association confirmed on Wednesday that one of the players selected for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games has contracted coronavirus. Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich won't be able to help his team, but he feels fine and does not show any symptoms.

Precisely 2,316. This is the official population of bisons living in Poland as of the end of 2020. The data shows there's more free-living specimens, and less live in farms. Interesting fact is the leader of the "classification", the Białowieża Forest, has only 8 bisons more than, second on the list, mountain region of Bieszczady.

If he is still alive, Andriy Chemeris is 38 years old. He hasn't seen his family for a few years now, while investigators from Legnica (southwestern Poland) suspect that his body was found in a pond last year. The prosecutors ask anyone who may recognise the man in the photo to come forward. The Ukrainian citizen has left two children in his homeland, his wife died in a gas explosion.

"The next two weeks will be crucial" - deputy health minister Waldemar Kraska told public broadcaster Polskie Radio on Tuesday. Asked if the government was considering imposing a total lockdown, he said he was "slightly" more optimistic than Prof. Andrzej Horban. The latter, who is PM's chief COVID advisor, said on Monday that such scenario could unfold.

Poland is seeing an increase in people willing to take AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, the prime minister said on Monday, after reports that as many as 70% in some places had been unwilling to get the shot due to safety concerns. His aide Michał Dworczyk reassured later that day the vaccine was safe to use, and that the first stage of the vaccination programme should be complete in the second quarter of 2021.

"Poland is a strong Ally who has provided support to many other Allies and partners in our joint fight against the pandemic" - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter after Poland decided to send 20 medics and share its own supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate staff at the NATO headquarters. "We've always been a loyal and reliable NATO ally" - PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Facebook.

It only took a few days to identify a woman wearing a military uniform in a vintage photo published Poland's Institute of National Remembrance. On Saturday, the IPN posted another photograph of Maria Barr.

Limited services in shopping hall, closed hotels, swimming pools, theatres and cinemas - all this and many more other restrictions will be in place from Saturday on across Poland. The official ordinance was published on Friday in the Journal of Laws.

Now, he is resting after a wild journey, but only a few days ago, he lived in a shelter. Lovely white cat from the photo had left his home and ended up 300 kilometres away in the city of Poznań. It remains a mystery how he had managed to travel that far. His despaired owners were on the brink of losing hope to see their pet ever again. They were lucky as the cat was only moments from being adopted.

Anna Jagiellonka Bridge - soon this could be the new name of the recently opened southern bridge in Warsaw. Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski has put forward the proposal, but the city councillors have said the decision would be made at a later stage. They have decided, however, about naming boardwalks and alleys in central Warsaw after famous Polish women.

In a world put to a hold due to the pandemic there are still places open for tourists. More and more Poles choose to travel to those countries and ignore the fact adhering to coronavirus restrictions there are rather low. The most glaring example is Tanzania, along with its tropical island of Zanzibar. Since April, 2020, the country has not been reporting about the infection rates, and its president John Magufuli likened COVID-19 to flu and reassured the disease could be tackled by prayer. John Magufuli died on Tuesday, March 16. Officially - due to heart complications. Many speculate, however, that coronavirus might have been the real cause of death.

The EU's drug watchdog said on Thursday it is still convinced the benefits of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks following an investigation into reports of blood clots that prompted more than a dozen nations to suspend its use.

"I also thought it would be a piece of cake for me, but after 10 days of staying home sick I've ended up here" - singer Andrzej Piaseczny said in a video he recorded in a hospital on Wednesday. The artists has been undergoing oxygen therapy.

A World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said on Wednesday that it considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.

"It's not a really serious problem, but this bad atmosphere and dark PR recently surrounding the AstraZeneca company has been already taking its toll" - the chief of prime minister's office Michał Dworczyk told TVN24 on Wednesday. He added that vaccination centres across Poland have been alarming that dozens of percent of people do not report for vaccination. On Wednesday, the country reported the highest number of infections this year.

The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has recently asked for help in identifying a young woman shown in a vintage photograph. Internet users have came to the rescue. It turns out that the woman in the picture is Maria Barr, Polish wife of British pilot Philip Rex Barr, who was the leader of the No. 107 RAF Squadron. After he went missing over Holland, Maria accepted on behalf a posthumous decoration awarded by King George VI. It was exactly during this ceremony when the photo was taken.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of nominees for this year's Academy Awards. Among the candidates is Polish cinematographer Dariusz Wolski for his work in "News of the World" directed by Paul Greengrass.

The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has published a vintage photo showing a young woman wearing a Polish military uniform. "We would like to learn the story of an unidentified girl photographed over 70 years ago in one of English streets" - the institute wrote in a Facebook post. "We want to find out if she continued her emigration, or maybe she returned to her war-ravaged homeland" - the IPN said.

For decades after the WWII he was known only through his works - the five grim drawings documenting the misery of children in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Ringelblum Archive only mentions the author's surname and his name's initial. Dr Agnieszka Żółkiewska of the Jewish Historical Institute managed to find accounts of people who had known the mysterious artists. Who was B. Rozenfeld?

"There are no signs showing the formations of blood clots in people vaccinated with AstraZeneca shots were caused by the vaccine" - the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday. Earlier on, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz also said that the vaccine was safe to use.