Tanzanian president, John Magufuli prefers foot greeting for fear of covid-19 infection
London, March 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Tanzania’s State House has shared a picture of President John Magufuli exchanging a foot greeting with opposition politician Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, observing new measures by the health ministry to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The deadly virus, which broke out in January in China’s central city of Wuhan, has killed more than 3,000 people globally.
Most of the deaths are in China but over the past day there were nine times more new infections outside China than inside.
Governments around the world, including Tanzania, have advised people to avoid hugging, kissing and greeting people by hand to prevent the spread of the virus.
Tanzania has not registered any suspected cases.
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal are the only countries in Africa to report positive cases of the coronavirus.
On Monday, Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to shake hands with him as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 150 with Berlin reporting its first infection.
When Merkel reached out to greet Horst Seehofer at a meeting on migration in Berlin, he smiled and kept both his hands to himself.
They both laughed and Merkel then threw her hand up in the air before taking a seat.
Health experts have recommended avoiding handshakes as a way of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
There are now 150 confirmed cases in Germany, Lothar Weiler of the Robert Koch Institute disease control agency said on Monday morning — up from 129 the previous day.