- Title: Thai foreign exchange company disinfects banknotes amid virus worries
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (MARCH 13, 2020) (REUTERS) PRESIDENT & CEO OF SUPERRICH CURRENCY EXCHANGE COMPANY, PIYA TANTIVACHYANON OPENING BOX THAI AND JAPANESE BANKNOTES INSIDE BOX VARIOUS OF STAFF SPRAYING DISINFECTANT INTO BOX PIYA BRINGING BOX INTO MONEY COUNTING ROOM VARIOUS OF STAFF STACKING BANKNOTES IN MONEY COUNTING ROOM VARIOUS OF STAFF PACKING BANKNOTES INTO PLASTIC BAG AFTER DISINFECTANT VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS AT COUNTERS EXCHANGING MONEY PIYA SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRESIDENT & CEO OF SUPERRICH CURRENCY EXCHANGE COMPANY, PIYA TANTIVACHYANON, SAYING: "After customers change money with us, apart from cleaning (the banknotes) we have to ensure safety for the staffs too. We have solutions to clean and protect our staff and then we will send the banknotes upstairs to steam then with disinfectant and then seal them in plastic bags." PIYA LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRESIDENT & CEO OF SUPERRICH CURRENCY EXCHANGE COMPANY, PIYA TANTIVACHYANON, SAYING: "We think that this is the best measure for us so far in order to kill the germs. It maybe could help kill germs by just 80 or 90 per cent, but we still have to do it. It's the best measure we have right now." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS QUEUING AT COUNTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUSTOMER FROM LAOS, SIMON MORRIS, SAYING: "No absolutely, I think that all banks and financial institutions or money exchanger should take whatever preventive action they can to minimize the risk for their customers, so I think it's a good, I think it's a good idea." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMER COUNTING MONEY (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUSTOMER FROM LAOS, SIMON MORRIS, SAYING: "We have a house in Italy although we live in Laos most of the time. We were going to go to Japan, but we canceled because of the coronavirus, we were going to go to Italy and then we thought and thought again, but I mean, here in Bangkok I think it seems a lot of people are wearing masks. I mean, some doctors say whether that's efficient or not is another story, but we feel very comfortable here in Thailand so we're happy to come here, change our money and try and boost the economy." VARIOUS OF STAFF SPRAYING DISINFECTANT INSIDE A SUPER RICH SHOP EXTERIOR OF SUPER RICH HEADQUARTERS SIGN READING (English): "SUPERRICH INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 1965"
- Keywords: Super Rich Thailand banknotes coronavirus disinfectant exchange health money vacuuming
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4VVFPJ
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Duration: 00:03:47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Thailand's Super Rich foreign exchange company is cleaning up dirty money, disinfecting both incoming Thai and foreign currency banknotes due to the global coronavirus outbreak, before the bills go back into circulation from their branches.
Super Rich Currency Exchange Company's, Piya Tantivachyanon, said on Friday (March 13) precautions were need to ensure safety of their staff handling the banknotes and customers exchanging the money.
Disinfecting on the banknotes do not ensure hundred percent elimination of germs, Piya said, but the money-laundering procedure was the best measure available.
Customers welcomed the disinfection, urging other financial institutions to "take whatever preventive action they can to minimize the risk for their customers".
Thailand raised its official coronavirus count by five cases on Friday, bringing the total to 75.
Three of the cases reported are connected to a confirmed patient who returned from South Korea and went out with friends and family, including the three, to an entertainment venue before being quarantined.
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