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Cash transactions can spread COVID-19? Check other payment methods

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

19th Mar, 2020. 04:06 pm
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Cash transactions can cause coronavirus spread.

To stop the spread of the virus, through these cash transactions, it is probably the high time to start using contactless payment systems like UPI, IMPS, RTGS, Mobile wallets and Net banking.

Novel Coronavirus may spread through currency notes, credit and debit cards, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mandar Agashe, MD and Founder of leading banking technology provider Sarvatra Technologies, today told FE Online that adopting contactless payment methods can help in stopping the spread of coronavirus through contact-based methods of transactions.

“Contactless payments is the way to tide over the current tough times.

It is believed that the novel Coronavirus can stay on surfaces in their fully active state for days.

In this context, physical cash handling as a daily routine, is being considered as a major cause of concern for risk of contamination.

While the WHO hasn’t explicitly corroborated this, a statement issued by it says it is ‘advisable to use contactless payments to reduce the risk of transmission.’”

According to Agashe, India is still in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak and many precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread.

“However, contactless payments could be the way ahead and payment modes like UPI, IMPS, RTGS, Mobile wallets and Net banking could contribute effectively in reducing human interactions,” he said.

The Sarvatra Technology founder said that many companies, who have been undergoing a digital transformation, or promoting new technologies such as self-checkout.

This will see more rapid adoption of digital payments to reduce the risks of transmitting the virus through human interactions.

Sterlize Cash

Talking about other measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus through Currency notes, Agashe pointed out – physical cash being sterilized before release to customers, incentives on using digital payments among others.

“Adopting contactless payment methods can cause a drastic change in payment habits, as consumers shift to digital channels to reduce their risk of infection from handling cash,” he added.

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