Corona may spread through currency notes


New Delhi: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has stated that RBI has cautioned that the coronavirus can be spread through the currency notes and the government should promote digital payments.

CAIT has written a letter on March 9, 2020, to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to clarify its stand on whether coronavirus can be spread through currency notes. But the letter was forwarded to the RBI. And it responded to CAIT on October 3, 2020, over an email.

CAIT National President BC Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the reply from RBI hints that the currency notes do carry viruses and bacteria. Therefore the use of digital payments should be encouraged to avoid handling of currency notes.

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