England's Prince Charles is the latest to adopt an Indian greeting style Namaste to greet and meet people at the Buckingham Palace.
The UK has not put a ban on public congregation in the wake of the global pandemic, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he was "considering" cancelling major events like sporting fixtures.
Prince Charles was spotted greeting people with namaste at the Prince's Trust Awards on Wednesday. Sharing ABC's tweet, Raveena Tandon chose to tell them that the "prayer-like gesture" is actually a namaste - the traditional Indian gesture of greeting with folded hands.
Whatever the meaning, but the Indian way of greeting is now becoming the world's favourite. He then follows the same greeting style with other dignitaries.
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Recently, French President Emmanuel Macron replaced the traditional handshake by greeting Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia with a 'namaste' to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Coronovirus, as per the experts is highly contagious and is spread by physical contact, one of which is the handshake. "We looked at each other, we said 'What are we going to do?' You know, it's sort of a weird feeling", Trump joked to reporters at the White House while seated alongside Varadkar, who happens to be of Indian origin.
Among numerous celebrities popularising namaste on social media, actress Priyanka Chopra posted a pic on Instagram, with the caption: "It's all about the Namaste-an old but also a new way to greet people in a time of change around the world. Please stay safe everyone!" The number of COVID-19 cases in the world stands at over 100,000 with over 4,600 deaths.
A royal spokeswoman had earlier told AFP they were "following government advice" about the outbreak, which in Britain has seen almost 600 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.