Gold prices increased 0.3% to $1,801 an ounce on Friday, rising for the first time in four sessions, and is on course to gain around 0.9% for the week, amid a flight to safety as investors were cautious following a deadly attack near Kabul airport, with the Pentagon confirming that 12 US service members have been killed and 15 wounded. At the same time, worries over the rapid spread of the Delta strain persisted, as some countries in the Asia-Pacific imposed fresh restrictions, while China logged 32 new infections Thursday, up from 26 a day earlier. In recent data, US weekly jobless claims rose for the first time in five weeks. Traders now anticipate Fed Chais Powell’s speech later in the day for more details on the Fed’s tapering plans.