Dutch PM shakes hands seconds after telling people not to shake hands (Video)

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, shook hands with a public health official moments after addressing the nation to stop the act.

Dutch PM shakes hands seconds after telling people not to shake hands lailasnews

The Dutch Prime Minister told people not to shake hands in a bid to avoid spreading coronavirus then immediately shook a public health official’s hand.

During a Monday evening news conference (9 March) PM Mark Rutte was live on TV when he called for an end to the popular greeting, saying:

“From now on we stop shaking hands.

“You can foot-tap or elbow-bump, or whatever you can come up with. I see all kinds of great variations on shaking hands emerging at schools, but from today we stop shaking hands.”

As that sentence ended, he shook hands with Jaap van Dissel from the public health institute who was quick to point out what he’d just done.

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