The Ministry of Finance in Thailand wants to collect coins and banknotes that are currently in circulation and replace them with new ones to help stop the spread of covid-19.
Yuttana Yimgarund, director-general of the department said the aim is to collect the currency being used to sanitize it using ultraviolet light at 200 degrees Celsius.
He mentioned that many Thai people still use cash as the main source of transactions which could lead to the virus spreading. He went on to state the virus can be passed via currency, saying:
“The virus can stick onto old coins for 5-7 days and with banknotes for 9 days.”
He offered advice for people who wanted to wash the currency by themselves, saying that people could use detergent when cleaning coins then dry them under sunlight or clean them with alcohol.
He encouraged Thais to make all payments via online channels if possible.
In the meantime, he said that the Treasury Department will release 31 billion new coins to the public.
Source: The Star