The Central Bank of China said that they will disinfect and suspend the circulation of part of the money in the country. Instead, they will issue 600 billion yuan in new notes.
The Chinese authorities relied on a study by scientists from the United States, who found that up to 397 species of bacteria can live on the surface of the most popular banknotes. Moreover, they can often survive up to 12 days, but in exceptional cases this period may be longer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that it is still unknown how long coronavirus can live on various surfaces. Preliminary studies have shown that the virus definitely lives for several hours, but it can be removed with disinfectants.
Chinese authorities will use the processing of money with ultraviolet and high temperatures. After this, the banknotes and coins will be withdrawn from circulation for several weeks, at the same time they will put into circulation the same number of new banknotes.
In China, more than 67 thousand confirmed cases of the virus and 1527 deaths were registered. Meanwhile, 11 million people in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak and the capital of Hubei Province, live in tight isolation. Quartz notes that “hospitals are so crowded that the government has placed people in temporary quarantine camps.”
Earlier, WHO called on social media administrations to combat coronavirus disinformation. Representatives of the World Health Organization specially came to Silicon Valley to negotiate with representatives of technology companies and social networks. About it writes the BBC.