A couple based in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh state in central India, India name their twin babies “Covid” and “Corona”.
They say the names would remind them about all the hardships they conquered amid the coronavirus lockdown, ahead of a successful delivery on the night of March 26-27 at a government hospital.
Preeti Verma, the 27-year-old mother of the newborns say:“I was blessed with the twins, a boy and a girl, in the early hours on March 27. We have named them Covid (boy) and Corona (girl) for now. The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, I and my husband wanted to make the day memorable”.
On the night of March 26, she went through severe labour pain whilst no movement was allowed as India had enforced a lockdown for its population of more than 1.3 billion from March 24.
However, her husband arranged for an ambulance. Verma said that they were stopped several times by the police but they let them go after they noticed her condition.
Verma gave the twins these unique names because the the virus is dangerous and life-threatening but its outbreak made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and inculcate other good habits.
It was the hospital staff that started calling the babies Corona and Covid, then the couple thought it was cool.