An Indian couple has called newborn twins “Corona” and “Covid” amid the country’s lockdown. The names were meant as a reminder of the hardships of the delivery but also had a positive connotation, they said.
Two newborn twins born in the city of Raipur in India’s central Chhattisgarh state have been receiving more than the usual share of attention after their parents named them “Corona” and “Covid.”
The names for the girl and the boy, referring to the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19, were selected as India remains in a nationwide lockdown imposed in an attempt to stem the spread of the disease.
The mother of the children, 27-year-old Preeti Verma, told the Press Trust of India news agency that the names were intended by her and her husband as a reminder of the difficulties of the delivery amid lockdown conditions in the early hours of March 27.
She said the coronavirus was “dangerous and life-threatening”, but the COVID-19 outbreak had also made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and instil other good habits.
The twins were born at Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in the state capital, Raipur.
The couple, originally from Uttar Pradesh, live in a rented house in the Purani Basti area of the city.