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Banknotes Can Transmit Coronavirus- WHO

The WHO warned that coronavirus could be on the surface of banknotes for several days, hence the need for people to refrain from using money for transactions as much as possible.

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The World Health Organisation has warned that banknotes could aid the transmission of the infectious disease, Coronavirus.

The WHO warned that coronavirus could be on the surface of banknotes for several days, hence the need for people to refrain from using money for transactions as much as possible.

Last month, Chinese and Korean banks embarked on the disinfection and isolation of used banknotes as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

Then global health warned that in the event where they handle money, people should wash their hands immediately.

A WHO spokesman was quoted as saying, “To stop the spread of the disease, people should use contactless payments where possible and wash their hands after handling cash.

“We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses.

“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face.

“When possible, it would also be advisable to use contactless payments to reduce the risk of transmission,” WHO said.

Last month, Chinese and Korean banks embarked on the disinfection and isolation of used banknotes as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

“Ultraviolet light or high temperature is being used to disinfect and sterilise banknotes, before the cash is sealed and stored for up to 14 days before being recirculated,” China’s central bank disclosed at a Press conference.

“Like any other surface that large numbers of people come into contact with, notes can carry bacteria or viruses.

The WHO also warned that coronavirus can be spread through contaminated objects, droplets and direct contact with infected patients.

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