Washington D.C : The world is worried and cautious about the pandemic COVID-19 which has claimed the lives of many after affecting more than 100 countries.
The world has adopted the traditional Indian pattern of greeting others by joining hands in Namaste rather than the usual handshakes to avoid virus infection.
US President Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in Indian way of ‘Namaste’ and bowed to each other at the Oval office on Thursday while saying they can’t afford to shake hands amid coronavirus outbreak.
“We didn’t shake hands today. We kind of looked each other and we said what are we going to do. It’s sort of a weird feeling. We did this (joined hands). I just got back from India and I didn’t shake any hands there. It was easy,” trump told the reporters along with Varadkar.
While Varadkar said not shaking hands look impersonal but we just can’t afford to think like that for the next few weeks.
The World Health Organisation on Thursday said coronavirus “is a controllable pandemic”. The number of COVID-19 cases in the world stands at 125,293, with over 4,600 deaths.