China destroys, disinfects cash to contain coronavirus

China is implementing drastic measures to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that continues to batter the country.

The country’s central bank has introduced a new strategy to contain the virus by destroying potentially infected cash, and deep cleaning it.

All Chinese banks must now literally launder their cash, disinfecting it with ultraviolet light and high temperature. This must then be stored for seven to 14 days before releasing it to customers the central Chinese government said in a press release Saturday.

The new measures, announced by the People’s Bank of China on Saturday, aim to contain the spread of the virus, officially known as Covid-19.

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There is still a lot unknown about the virus, which has infected more than 71,000 people globally and killed 1,775, the majority in China. But it appears to survive for at least several hours on surfaces, according to the World Health Organization.