The World Health Organisation (WHO) carried out a joint study with China to identify the origins of COVID-19 and in the findings, they have agreed that the transmission of the virus from bats to humans and other animals is the most likely scenario and that claims of a lab is “extremely unlikely”.
The findings have left many questions unanswered and the team has proposed further research in all areas except the lab leak hypothesis as they said it was not the case.
In January, a team of scientists was picked by the WHO to visit hospitals and research institutes in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first identified, to search for clues about the origins of COVID-19.
The researchers listed four scenarios in order of likelihood for the emergence of the coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. Topping the list of transmission of the virus was through bats or another animal, which they said was most likely. They evaluated that direct spread from bats to humans is likely and also did not rule out the possibility of spread through “cold-chain” food products but not “extremely likely”.
Carrying out tests on bats revealed that they carry coronaviruses and, in fact, the closest relative of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in them. However, the report says that “the evolutionary distance between these bat viruses and SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be several decades, suggesting a missing link.”
Pakistani rupee witnessed marginal losses against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market.
On Wednesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.6 for selling and 288.65 for buying purposes.
Euro price stands at 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 360 for buying, and 363 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78.25 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price moved up down in the local market in line with massive increase in international market.
On Wednesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,000, and the price for 10-gram gold saw an increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,900.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,830, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,750 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,500.00.
In international market, the price of precious metal went up by $29 to settle at $2,044 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Karachi||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Quetta||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Attock||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Multan||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|