WARSAW, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Most Central European currencies slipped on Thursday, as mounting worries about a second wave of the coronavirus sapped risk appetite across the globe.
The region has seen soaring infections, with the Czech Republic, which has Europe's fastest growing infection rates, reporting a record high number of cases on Thursday along with Poland.
"I think that the main reason is that the economic prospects of the region have dimmed recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Piotr Bartkiewicz, an economist at Pekao in Warsaw.
"Since investors are anticipating that western European economies will slow down the currencies here need to compensate for the reduced demand."
At 0838 GMT the Polish zloty EURPLN= was 0.70% weaker against the euro at 4.5490, the Czech crown EURCZK= was 0.22% softer at 27.32 and the Hungarian forint EURHUF= lost 0.73% to trade at 365.30.
The Romanian leu EURRON= was little changed at 4.8760.
In Hungary, investors were eyeing a one-week deposit tender of the central bank due later in the day, which according to a morning note by Equilor, "could cause intensive movements in the exhange rate of the forint."
The forint could weaken ahead of the tender, as traders might try and force the central bank to raise the interest rate on the one-week deposit facility, analysts had said before.
The bank raised the interest rate on the facility NBHK by 15 basis points to 0.75% on Sept. 24 to prevent an increase in inflation risks, but has kept rates at this level since.
Thursday's interest rate decision will be announced at 0950 GMT, with results of the tender due at 1300 GMT.
Stock indices across Europe fell on pandemic fears and fading hopes of fresh U.S. stimulus. In the CEE region, the main indices in Prague .PX, Budapest .BUX and Warsaw .WIG20 were down between 1.5% and 1.9%.
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(Reporting by Alan Charlish in Warsaw and Anita Komuves in Budapest; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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