Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, former vice president Jusuf Kalla and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani practiced corona greetings, or shaking hands without touching palms, when they met at the Vice President's Office on Thursday.

Ma'ruf Amin and Jusuf Kalla shook hands by clasping their palms to their chests, while JK and Sri Mulyani touched each other's elbows.

"Look, sir (Ma'ruf), this is the corona greetings," JK said to Ma'ruf Amin.

The three leaders met for a meeting with the board of the Association of Islamic Economics Experts (IAEI) to discuss the development of the Islamic economic and financial sector in Indonesia.

Various styles of greetings without touching palms are now beginning to be practiced by public figures, as an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that COVID-19 has become a pandemic and called on all governments to take urgent and aggressive steps to prevent and deal with the outbreak.

WHO says the spread of Covid-19 is by droplets, so washing hands and minimizing touch between the palms is an effective preventive measure against its spread.


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