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Banknotes may be spreading coronavirus, WHO suggests


Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

22nd Mar, 2020. 08:08 pm
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The World Health Organization has said, Banknotes may be spreading the new coronavirus so people should try to use contactless payments instead.

According to the sources of Yahoo, Customers should wash their hands after touching banknotes because infectious Covid-19 may cling to the surface for a number of days, the UN agency.

The WHO is telling the public to avoid cash is hardly a surprise: research has found that coronaviruses have been found to live on surfaces for as long as 9 days.

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

The Bank of England also recognised that banknotes “can carry bacteria or viruses” and encouraged frequent hand washing.

The sources said that last month banks in China and Korea began disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stem the spread of the deadly virus.

Lockdown is not enough to defeat Coronavirus: WHO

Earlier today, The World Health Organisation’s emergency expert Mike Ryan has said that countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, He added that public health measures must be taken to avoid a resurgence of the virus later.
“What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,” Mike Ryan said in an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

“The danger right now with the lockdowns … if we don’t put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.”

Mike Ryan said that the examples of China, South Korea and Singapore, which coupled lockdowns with strict measures to test every possible suspect, provided a model for Europe, which the WHO has said has replaced Asia as the epicenter of the pandemic.-

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