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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the people of his country to greet each other with a ‘Namastey’ – the traditional Indian way of greeting with folded hands.

He asked to avoid handshakes, as one of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

As per reports, following a review meeting to fight the infection, Netanyahu said several measures will be announced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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He said some simple steps like replacing handshakes with other forms of greetings, like the Indian ‘Namaste’, can help prevent spreading of the deadly virus.

He also said the government has taken select isolation and flight policies and measures for flights.

Israel has 15 confirmed cases of the deadly virus but no deaths, with some 7,000 others in home-quarantine.

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Over 3,000 people have died of coronavirus worldwide, while some 90,000 have been infected.

China, where the coronavirus broke out, confirmed 38 new deaths on Wednesday, taking the toll to 2,981 with a total of 80,270 infected.

Outside Hubei, the epicentre, there were only four deaths.

In South Korea, the death toll has risen to 32, with 5,328 people infected.

In Italy, the toll jumped to 79, with over 2,500 confirmed cases. In Iran, at least 77 people have died while 2,336 are infected.

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Meanwhile in India, the total number of confirmed cases reached 28.

Among them, one person was from Delhi, six of his relatives in Agra, 16 Italians and their Indian driver, one in Telangana and the three earlier cases in Kerala.

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