Ant and Dec avoid handshake with Prince Charles as coronavirus outbreak continues in UK

Television duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and Prince Charles greeted each other with the namaste gesture instead of the usual shaking hands at the Prince’s Trust Awards 2020 show this evening. Their unusual exchange occurred as the coronavirus continues to spread in the UK.

Sorry about the weather, and the self-isolation. Don’t shake hands

Ant and Dec

The trio were also pictured sharing a joke during their chat on the red carpet.

Also on the evening, the Prince of Wales was also pictured greeting other guests with the gesture including, Ronnie Wood, Craig David and Dina Asher-Smith.

At the event this evening, Prince Charles thanked international supporters who were unable to attend the event due to the spread of Covid-19.

He is believed to have told the audience: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we are not joined by as many of those who make such an immense difference to my trust internationally, as we originally planned.

“However, I just wanted to thank them for all their continued support and dedication to my trust.”

He added of Ant and Dec, who co-hosted the event: “They recently won their 19th National Television Award for best presenter.

“So perhaps it is a little bit refreshing for them to be handing out awards rather than receiving them for a change.”

The duo are said to have joked about the panic-buying toilet paper trend in the wake of the virus outbreak.

Ant joked the people could be leaving the event “with a holiday, a new car and lifetime’s supply of toilet roll”.

Dec replied: “No, that’s the other show, that’s Saturday Night Takeaway. This is the Prince’s Trust.”

His co-star replied: “Oh, I always get those mixed up. Although we had big cheers on the free toilet roll. That went down well, didn’t it?”

They later said at the event: “Welcome to London. Sorry about the weather, and the self-isolation. Don’t shake hands.”

The coronavirus is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

Those who think they may be suffering with the virus have been advised to “self-isolate” at home.

The NHS has said the symptoms “are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu”.

To avoid catching or spreading germs, the health service has advised people to wash their hands with soap and water often, avoiding contact with people who are unwell and binning tissues after use immediately.

Today, an eighth person in the UK died after testing positive to the virus.

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus rose by 373 today, bringing the total to 456.

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the organisation said: “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly.

“It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization said.

He added: “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled at the same time.”

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