China’s central bank said it will disinfect banknotes with ultraviolet light or high temperatures and store them for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation.
PM News reports the move by The People’s Bank of China was one of the extreme measures being taken by China to slow the spread of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.
CNN reports it is unclear how “infected” cash may be.
The virus likely dies after a few hours on surfaces, especially if it’s been killed with disinfectant, but with new cases being reported every day in China, the country’s officials are not taking any chances.
According to reports, there are more than 71,000 cases of the disease globally and 1,775 deaths.
The vast majority of deaths have occurred in Hubei, China, where the virus was first detected.