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Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Israel's PM Ditch Handshake,Greet With Namasate
"Just avoid shaking hands as I do. You can try to implement the Indian system of Namaste or say another word like shalom, but find a way, any way of not shaking hands," Mr. Netanyahu said
Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Israel's PM Ditch Handshake, Greet With Namaste
New Delhi: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus has found a solution to greet people without touching each other.
Mr. Netanyahu suggests his countrymen opt for "Namaste" to greet each other instead of the normal handshake. In India "Namaste" is the customary way to greet each other with folded hands.
"Just avoid shaking hands as I do. You can try to implement the Indian system of Namaste or say another word like shalom, but find a way, any way of not shaking hands," Mr. Netanyahu said.
Benjamin Netanyahu also demonstrated how Indians greet each other with "Namaste".
The novel coronavirus spreads through contact with droplets spread during coughing and sneezing, doctors say. Besides keeping contact to a minimum with an infected person, the preventive measures include frequent washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizers.
Familiarity with Indian Customs and traditions of Benjamin Netanyahu are not surprising. Mr. Netanyahu is known to be close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their bonhomie being widely discussed in Indian and Israel Media.PM Modi traveled to Tel Aviv in 2017 while
Mr.Netanyahu visited India in January 2018. The leaders had received each other at the airports.
At a press conference, Mr. Netanyahu after a review meeting to fight the spread of coronavirus said that several measures will be announced to prevent the spread of the disease.
"We have had to take rigorous steps to slow the spread of the disease in Israel, we have taken select isolation and flight policies and measures for flights," he said, reports news agency PTI.
Israel has 15 confirmed cases of the deadly virus but no deaths, with some 7,000 others in-home quarantine. Public gatherings of more than 5,000 people have been banned in Israel and asked people to refrain from going abroad.
The virus that originated in China's Wuhan in December last year has spread to over 6o countries.
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