US President Trump makes the case for Namaste amidst the COVID-19 outbreakTop Stories

March 13, 2020 12:09
US President Trump makes the case for Namaste amidst the COVID-19 outbreak

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The President of The United States Donald Trump and the visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of “namaste” at the White House on Thursday, which has been said that it is necessary to greet each other in the traditional Indian way amidst the coronavirus.

Leo Varadkar who is of Indian- origin and the President Donald Trump had joined their palms in the traditional Indian “namaste” pose when they have been asked by the reporters in the Oval Office as to how they had greeted each other during their meet.

The US President Donald Trump had told the reporters at the Oval Office of the White House along with Mr Leo Varadkar that, “we did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling.”

Mr Trump had mentioned his visit to India where in he has said that he did not shake hands there but instead greeted each other in the traditional Indian namaste pose and had described it being very easy. He has also mentioned the bow which is the way in which the people in Japan greet each other.

Although the US President Donald Trump had earlier maintained that he would not give up on the shaking of hands as a gesture of greeting a person and that the virus would simply go away as the United States was well prepared for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the virus seems to be spreading and infecting the celebrities which has lead to causing emergency measures in New York as well as Washington DC.

The World Health Organization has said on Thursday that the coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID-19 is a controllable pandemic. The number of cases of people being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 in the world has been recorded to be 134,804 in number and the number of deaths that have been caused by getting infected by the deadly virus is 4,984 in number.

By Shrithika Kushangi

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