ISLAMABAD – The country’s top health body has rejected claims about the detection of new Covid variant XBB amid contrasting reports in local media.
In a statement on Tuesday, National Institute of Health (NIH) Executive Director Aamer Ikram dismissed all reports surrounding the presence of a new dominant variant of contagious infection. “No cases of a new variant of Covid have been reported,” he said.
The top NIH official said all arrangements have been completed to combat the new variant; however, he denied reports about the detection of first case.
Earlier, reports in local media quoting NIH and Aga Khan University officials claimed about the presence of a highly infectious subvariant which was detected through genome sequencing.
Officials told media that genomic surveillance is underway in the capital although only a few samples are available for sequencing in light of limited positive cases in recent days.
The health officials also urged the masses not to panic, saying there is no imminent threat of any major Covid wave in the South Asian country as authorities are monitoring the situation.
BF.7 and XBB among other covid variants continue to wreak havoc in parts of China and other countries, evading the natural and artificial immunity against Covid-19 re-infections.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.
In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.
As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Karachi||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Islamabad||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Peshawar||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Quetta||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Sialkot||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Attock||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Gujranwala||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Jehlum||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Multan||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Gujrat||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Nawabshah||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Chakwal||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Hyderabad||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Nowshehra||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Sargodha||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Faisalabad||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
|Mirpur||PKR 232,700||PKR 2,500|
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