Coronavirus: SBP won't issue new notes on Eid.


KARACHI -- The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will not issue fresh currency notes for the general public on Eidul Fitr, according to a circular issued on Monday.

The SBP issues billions of fresh currency notes on Eid every year, but it will not do so this year as most of the employees are working from home due to Covid-19.

The State Bank issued another circular to advise banks to ensure an uninterrupted supply of disinfected cash at their branches and at ATMs. The banks had been advised last month to disinfect, seal and quarantine the cash collected from hospitals and clinics.

'Banks are allowed to use the notes which have completed a quarantine period of fourteen (14) days,' said the circular.

The banks were given credit for all such cash kept on behalf of the SBP. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has...

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