'It is difficult to quarantine bank note in our country as our economy is highly dependent on cash or bank note'
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is alert to coronavirus but there is no plan to quarantine bank note at the moment.
Md Serajul Islam, executive director and spokesperson of the central bank, told reporters at the bank headquarters in the capital on Wednesday.
“Extra caution will be taken from now on when outsiders will enter the central bank,” he said after a meeting about corona virus (COVID-19), which is affecting 167 countries and territories around the world.
Governor Fazle Kabir presided over the meeting, while the central bank general managers and other high officials were present.
Md Serajul Islam said the meeting emphasized the importance of awareness in preventing corona virus.
It was also emphasized cleaning hand with soap, hand wash and hand sanitizer and being careful about touching face, eye and nose without washing hands, he added.
Replying to a question, Serajul said that there was no plan to quarantine bank note at this moment.
"It is difficult to quarantine bank note in our country as our economy is highly dependent on cash or bank note," he said.
On March 02, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that people use contactless payment instead of cash in a bid to contain risks of transmission.
South Korea's central bank started to quarantine all bank notes on March 6 for two weeks to remove any traces of corona virus.
The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, has also taken the same measure fearing bank notes as a vector for the disease, according to international media.
According to Worldometre on Wednesday, Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, has killed almost 7,800 people around the world. As of now, over 198,730 people across the world have been infected by the strain, which spread from China’s Wuhan city at the end of December last year.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 14 cases of corona virus infection and first death from coronavirus as of March 18.