A Bank of England source said there were no plans to do the same in the UK.
A Bank of England spokesman told the Telegraph: “Like any other surface that large numbers of people come into contact with, notes can carry bacteria or viruses.
“However, the risk posed by handling a polymer note is no greater than
touching any other common surface, such as handrails, doorknobs or
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Coronavirus can be spread through contaminated objects as well as droplets and direct contact with infected patients, the WHO said.
“We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses,” a spokesman told the Telegraph.
“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face.
“When possible it would also be advisable to use contactless payments to reduce the risk of transmission.”
It is not yet known how long the coronavirus can survive outside the human body.
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However, common disinfectants can swiftly remove them, and they may also be destroyed by high temperatures, the authors wrote. It is not yet clear whether the new coronavirus also behaves in this way.