Currency Notes Found Lying On Road Spark COVID Fears In Madhya Pradesh Town

Concerns about contaminated currency notes have been doing the rounds for a while now and notes strewn on roads with no takers are the perfect recipe for panic.

More recently, locals in Madhya Pradesh town named Harpalpur in Chattarpur district, got a scare when they found new notes of Rs 20 denomination strewn on some road.

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According to Mirror Now, a police team cautiously confiscated the notes and launched an investigation. The locals did not dare to pick them up as they feared that they might have been infected by the COVID-19 virus.

The report also states that Chattarpur district has not reported even a single case of COVID-19 and is marked in the ‘Green Zone’ category. However, Harpalpur town is surrounded by a few districts of Uttar Pradesh where some positive cases have been reported.

For the sake of safety, police have issued an advisory to shopkeepers in the town to not accept any new note of Rs 20 denomination for the next few days. The cops are examining footage from CCTV cameras installed in the area to identify the persons who had scattered the notes.

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Nearly 16 people, who had picked up the unclaimed currency notes, were identified and quarantined, reports Mirror Now.

In a similar incident which took place last month, Indore residents spotted currency notes in the denomination of 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 rupees lying unclaimed on the road. The notes lying unclaimed on the road triggered panic in the Hira Nagar area of Indore which was a COVID-19 hot spot.

  

According to police sources, the total value of the notes seized after sanitisation amounts to Rs 6,480. People fear that the notes could have been deliberately thrown on the road to spread COVID-19.

While there is no conclusive scientific study that links the spread of the current strain of coronavirus to contaminated currency notes, the World Health Organisation has advised taking measures to maintain proper hygiene post handling of notes.

The Reserve Bank Of India has refrained from issuing any statement on avoiding the usage of paper currency.

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"Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment)," says the WHO website.

In case you suspect that a surface may be infected, you can clean it with a disinfectant to kill the virus for protecting yourself and others. After cleaning the surface, do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water.



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