Covid-19 impact on cash demand minimal in past year

Majority of currency departments relax pandemic countermeasures

Over half of central banks said Covid-19 created no change in cash demand over the past one year, the Currency Benchmarks 2023 find.

The question received 27 responses. Of these, 15 (55.6%) central banks said the pandemic created no change in currency demand. Ten (37%) respondents said demand rose as a result of the virus. At two (7.4%) institutions, however, demand decreased.

Responding to an additional question, 22 (71%) of 31 respondents said they undertook no countermeasures to prevent

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