Currency Notes Thrown on Road to Spread Coronavirus: Fact Check

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Corona Infected Currency Notes Thrown on Indore Road

రోడ్ల పై నోట్లు వేస్తున్నారు దేశ ద్రోహులు వైరస్ ఆంటిచ్చి వేస్తున్నారు ముట్టు కోవద్ధు???

Fact Check:

A video is doing rounds online alleging to show some terrorists/traitors in India are throwing Currency notes on Roads in order to Spread the deadly Coronavirus, COVID-19. The video shows a group of policemen confiscating the notes from a road with extreme caution, wearing masks and gloves. Although the video is real, the claims saying the currency notes are thrown to spread Coronavirus are not determined as of this writing.

About the Incident in Indore

On 16th April 2020, some Indian currency notes were found scattered on roads in Khatipura area of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. In normal circumstances, people would pick up currency notes without any hesitation, but no one took the risk of picking up the 500, 200, 100, 50 and 10 rupees denomination notes found strewn on road. Out of fear and panic, the COVID-hit residents informed Indore Municipal Corporation. A team of police and members of Municipal Corporation picked up the notes carefully and sanitized the entire area.

DIG Harinaryanachari Mishra told The Times of India they will carry out tests on the currency notes to find out if they are really contaminated with Coronavirus. Police officials also said they are examining CCTV footage of the area to identify who left them around and why.

Similar Incidents

This is not the first time such an incident took place. Similar incident took place in Ramgarh area of Jharkhand when people found few 500 notes thrown on road. On 12th April 2020, few villagers near Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh went panic after 2 bikers threw five ₹100 currency notes on the road after spitting on them. In few other incidents in Ballia, Saharsa and Aligarh, people also found hand written notes along with some currency notes. The carried messages like – I brought Coronavirus, will spread in whole area and trouble everyone. From first hand information, Police speculated these hand written incidents could be acts of some miscreants.

Can Currency Notes Spread Coronavirus?

The rapid and global spread of the Coronavirus has raised some concerns over surface-to-humans transmissions, including through currency notes. As a matter of fact, transmission of Coronavirus is possible through handling of contaminated notes. This is also because many people in India put their fingers in mouth to make counting of currency notes easy. But there is not enough scientific evidence on how long the deadly virus survives on currency notes. According to some American health agencies, the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) can survive for up to four hours on copper and up to 24 hours on cardboard, while on plastic and stainless steel, it could last for at least six days. So, more caution is required while handling coins as the virus could be resting on it for longer than on currency notes.

Considering the risks, Government of India and RBI have urged people to go for cashless transactions using electronic payments and avoid social contact. Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has also made an appeal to people to wash their hands after touching or counting currency. Likewise, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer after handling currency notes. Above all, you should avoid touching your face or rubbing eyes.

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Prashanth Damarla