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‘IHU’: New vaccine-resistant variant of Covid found in France as world battles Omicron

03:43 PM | 4 Jan, 2022
‘IHU’: New vaccine-resistant variant of Covid found in France as world battles Omicron

PARIS – As the Omicron variant has become the dominant strain in parts of the world, health experts in France report a stronger variant of novel coronavirus dubbed as 'IHU'.

The new variant worries experts because it is different from the types of existing variants while vaccines are not developed to fight the mutated ones.

Reports in the media said the new COVID-19 variant IHU has 46 mutations and is said to be more vaccine-resistant.

A senior official who runs the unit that discovered the new strain, said, “We indeed have several cases of this new variant in the Marseille geographical area and named it variant IHU. Two new genomes have just been submitted”.

The IHU variant has been dubbed B.1.640.2 and carries the E484K mutation, which is believed to make it more vaccine-resistant.

Meanwhile, it has not shown any signs of outcompeting omicron in terms of transmissibility. At least a dozen cases have been found in Marseille, a port city in southern France, with the first believed to have originated from Cameroon.

A foreign publication quoting officials said “14 amino acid substitutions, including N5O1Y and E484K, and 9 deletions are located in the spike protein”, it also added that “this genotype pattern led to create a new Pangolin lineage named B.1.640.2, which is a phylogenetic sister group to the old B.1.640 lineage renamed B. l.640.1”.

A top epidemiologist and health economist Eric Feigl-Ding shared a tweet saying “French scientists have ‘rung the bell’ after discovering a cluster of 12 cases of a variant of ‘atypical combination’ with  – 46 mutations & 37 deletions – in southern France after index case returned from Cameroon”.

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However, Omicron is still the dominant strain in Pakistan and most parts of the world while more variant’s threat is rapidly rising. Omicron, which was first detected in a sample taken from South Africa, has spread to more than 100 countries.

Here are some of the leading Covid variants

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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