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Coronavirus is also a threat in cashless societies





Coronavirus is also a threat in cashless societies
Better contingency plans need to be put in place to avoid vulnerable members of society struggling to make ends meet in a cashless society, new research shows.

Following the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus can be transmitted to customers via banknotes and coins. This has prompted China to deep clean potentially infected cash to limit the spread of the virus.

Analysis has revealed that if current trajectories towards digitisation continue, 8.17 million vulnerable members of society would suffer due to their dependence on physical payment methods. This includes 5.2 million households, or 80% of elderly homes, that rely on cash.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view









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