As the outbreak of novel coronavirus continues to batter the global economy, Bahrain’s central bank has implemented new measures to contain the virus spread. Bahrain’s top bank said on March 18 that it will deep clean currencies and destroy potentially infected cash.
The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) will now literally launder its dinars in the main vault by disinfecting it with ultraviolet devices and will isolate banknotes received by banks for a period of 72 hours. The CBB said it will also issue new banknotes to make up for the supply.
Other measures include destroying five dinars, one dinar and half dinar denominations, deposited by the banks, as there are high chances that they might have come from high-risk infection areas. The central bank has also instructed money transfer companies here to wear protective gloves during daily withdrawals and deposits.
The new measures indicate the Kingdom’s financial system’s full support in preventing the outbreak which began in Wuhan in December and has spread all over the world.