150 days into the pandemic the country has recorded more than 1300 positive cases of COVID-19. Despite imposing stunner measures to curb the spread of the virus, the country is still experiencing a high upsurge of positive cases daily.
It has now emerged that cash transactions could be among the main conduits of transmitting the virus. The world health organization says that the virus could be spreading through the handling of notes and coins.
Cash transactions have been a norm for Kenyans especially in the transport sector People plying Public service vehicles (PSVs) highly use notes and coins to pay for their fare. These now have been termed a high-risk channel of spreading the Novel Covid-19.
The National Transport and Safety Authority is now planning to reintroduce the cashless payment system. The system was introduced in 2013 to help reduce corruption, bring it into effect again will play a long way in helping the Government in its effort to flatten the curve.
It will soon be illegal to pay bus fare with cash as the government makes another attempt at digitizing payments in the Sh200billion matatu sector, especially now with the new high of COVID-19 cases. The Government is putting its best foot forth to curb the spread of the virus, reintroducing the cashless system in the transport sector is one of them.
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