Covid-19 fear increases in South Korea, where citizens are burning – literally – large amounts of money in an attempt to disinfect cash after some studies have disclosed the news that the virus can remain on paper surfaces even for several hours. The Central Bank of Korea reportedly received 1.32 billion won ($ 1.1 million) in banknotes burned between January and June, Reuters reported.
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“A significant amount of banknotes were also burned in microwave ovens in the first half of this year,” a Bank of Korea official told Reuters. Banknotes damaged by washing machines have also been reported.