New Delhi: In the wake of the deadly coronavirus that has claimed more than 3,000 lives worldwide, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the people of his country to adopt ‘Namaste’ – the Indian way of greeting – instead of the normal handshake as one of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Also Read - Italy-returned Paytm Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Gurugram, Undergoing Treatment
Holding a press conference, Netanyahu said that a number of preventive measures have been announced to prevent the spread of Coronavirus but some simple measures like avoiding the normal handshake while greeting people may possibly be replaced with other forms of greetings like the Indian ‘Namaste’. Also Read - Coronavirus Impact: No Ranking Points in New Delhi Shooting World Cup, Says ISSF
While asking his countrymen to adopt the Indian style of ‘Namaste’, he himself also demonstrated at the press conference as to how the Indians do ‘Namaste’ while greeting people. Also Read - Grandparents Smile as Kids Cancel Foreign Trips This Summer Amid The Growing Coronavirus
Saying that all are in the middle of a global epidemic, Netanyahu said his country has done well as it was quick in taking preventive action to stop 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.
Back in India, the confirmed cases of coronavirus are on the rise with the latest figure reaching to 29. Earlier in the day, holding a press conference, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that 22 new cases of coronavirus cases have been reported in India taking the tally of persons infected with the deadly virus in the country to 29.
“28 positive cases of the disease have been identified to date in the country. Out of these 28, three are from Kerala, one each from Delhi and Telangana, six from Agra, an Italian group which had come to India for travelling and their Indian driver,” Harsh Vardhan said.
In the wake of the coronavirus, Air India has asked its crew members to self-quarantine for a period of 14-days and it has also asked the passengers on the flight to follow the protocol notified by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for prevention of coronavirus spread.