New Delhi: Now that handwashing is a ritual everyone is following religiously to stay off the novel coronavirus infection, a study has revealed that prior to this, many countries were not habituated to automatically wash hands after using the toilet. At least 50% people did not have the idea of washing hands. India ranks 10th on this chart, 1st being the worst handwashing country. In China, 77% people didn’t use to wash hands. Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Thailand, Kenya, Italy, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India are the worst 10 performers. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Natasa Stankovic Shares Picture of Self-Isolation With Hardik Pandya and Their Dog

Pakistan, on the other hand, ranks 16th, Afghanistan 25th, Bangladesh 46th. This was revealed in a study by researchers of the University of Birmingham. The best handwashing culture is observed in Saudi Arabia, where only 3% of people do not wash their hands habitually, followed by Bosnia, Algeria, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea. Also Read - Bizarre! Kolkata Woman Licks A Cop For Stopping Her On The Streets Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | Watch

Culture of handwashing among 63 countries

“Frequent handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds at a time is widely advised as one of the preventive measures against COVID-19. Yet, while it is possible to quickly influence individual hygiene behaviour in the short term, in the long run, changing handwashing culture in a particular country as well as globally is a much more difficult task,” the study said. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Sourav Ganguly to Donate Rice Worth Rs 50 Lakh to Underprivileged