Coronavirus: Adopt 'Namaste' for greetings, Benjamin Netanyahu urges Israelis

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has encouraged Israel is to adopt the Indian way of greeting to prevent the spread of.

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 on people arriving from France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Switzerland over coronavirus fears, after imposing similar measures on 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 Israel i health ministry also ordered all international conferences in the country canceled and has banned gatherings of more than 5,000 participants.

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

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