- The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a strong warning against the excess use of banknotes
- It has been advised that contactless technology should be used given the continuous spread of the coronavirus
- The Bank of England has also released a statement in which it stated that banknotes could carry bacteria and viruses
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned people against excessive use of cash.
The reason, the WHO says, is because the notes are capable of spreading the coronavirus.
It has therefore recommended the use of contactless technology and the washing of hands in order to minimise the spread of the virus.
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The WHO warning was issued on Monday just as as the Bank of England also noted that banknotes “can carry bacteria or viruses”.
A report by YAHOO Finance shows that a month ago, banks in China and Korea began disinfection and isolation of the notes in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
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China’s central bank revealed that it makes use of ultraviolet light and high temperature to disinfect and sterilise the banknotes.
A source at the Bank of England, however, indicated that there were no plans to conduct the same activity in the United Kingdom at this time.
Briefly.co.za understands that the coronavirus can remain infectious for about nine days at room temperature but it isn’t known how long it can survive outside the human body.
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