- The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a strong warning against the excess use of bank notes
- It has advised that contactless technology should be used given the continuous spread of the coronavirus
- The Bank of England has also released a statement in which it stated that bank notes could carry bacteria and viruses
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned people against excessive use of cash.
The reason, the WHO says, is because the notes are capable of spreading the coronavirus.
It has therefore recommended the use of contactless technology and the washing of hands in order to minimize the spread of the virus.
Aside the WHO warning that came on the night of Monday, March 2, 2020 as the Bank of England also noted that banknotes “can carry bacteria or viruses.”
A report by YAHOO Finance shows that a month ago, banks in China and Korea began disinfection and isolation of the notes in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
China’s central bank revealed that it makes use of ultraviolet light and high temperature to disinfect and sterilize the banknotes.
A source of the Bank of England, however, indicated that there were no plans to conduct the same activity in the United Kingdom.
YEN.com.gh understands that the coronavirus can remain infectious for about nine days at room temperature but it isn’t known how long it can survive outside the human body.
In other news, details of the government’s expenditure on consultancy services in the year 2018 have caused a stir online.
A Ghanaian professor of law and accounting, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, better known as Kwaku Azar, released details of the expenses online.
In a post on social media that has since gone viral, he indicated that Ghana paid $204,325,225 for technical and management services in the year 2018.
This represents an over 400% increase as the country spent $39,946,317 on the same services the year before.
"2018 was the Year of Consulting. Your beloved country spent $204,325,225 on the payment of technical and management services.
By way of comparison, $39,946,317 was spent in 2017. The over 400% increase, we are told, is due to more consultancy services paid during 2018.
I’d like to see a listing of the consultants, the nature and benefit of the consultancy, and a value for money audit of each of those services. 128/1820 is a bona fide scam and sham. Da Yie!," his post read.
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