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Adopt Indian way of greeting ‘Namaste’ to prevent coronavirus: Israel PM

As fear over coronavirus intensifies across the globe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday (March 4) advised the people of his country to adopt ‘Namaste’ – the Indian way of greeting – and avoid shaking hands as one of the measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Addressing a press conference following a review meeting to contain the coronavirus in Israel, PM Netanyahu said that his government will soon announce several measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in the country but added that measures, like avoiding the normal handshake and adopting the Indian ‘Namaste’ while greeting people, can be done easily to check the spread of the virus, which has claimed over 3,200 lives so far across the world.

“Avoid shaking hands. Just avoid shaking hands. As I do. You can try to implement Indian system of Namaste. Or say another word Shalom. Or find a way to avoid shaking hands,” said PM Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister, however, admitted that “we are in the middle of a global epidemic”, but asserted that Israel has done well in taking actions aimed at preventing the spread of the virus in the country.

“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 added.

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