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Coronavirus: Adopt ‘Namaste’ for greetings, Benjamin Netanyahu urges Israelis | India News


NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has encouraged Israelis to adopt the Indian way of greeting “Namaste” to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Countries around the world are taking a series of preventive measures as the coronavirus spreads to new areas and the global number of deaths from the virus crosses 3,000.

Israel on Wednesday ordered a two-week quarantine for people arriving from France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Switzerland for fear of coronaviruses, after imposing similar measures in Italy and several Asian states.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, announcing the latest travel bans, said: “We are on top of a global epidemic.”

“We are in a better situation than other countries because … we have taken strict and very strict measures to stop the spread of the virus,” he added.

The Israeli Ministry of Health also ordered the cancellation of all international conferences in the country and has banned the meetings of more than 5,000 participants.

Israel currently has 15 confirmed cases of the virus but no deaths, and another 7,000 are already in home quarantine.

The death toll from the deadly disease worldwide increased to 3,123 and confirmed cases exceeded 91,783.

Times of India