Contactless payments surge 44% during COVID-19 as shoppers fear germs
Credit card giant Mastercard reported a major shift in consumer behaviour that has seen 44% of Aussies decrease their use of cash when making purchases in-person since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, as shoppers fear germs on cash.
The research found that more than half (52%) of Aussies are more aware of the dirtiness of cash as a result of COVID-19, while one in five (21%) said the risk of germs has made them not use cash at all.
Eight in ten (79%) of Australians agree contactless payments are a cleaner way to pay.
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