Various news outlets have reported that a couple from India named their newborn boy-girl twins, Corona and Covid, in light of the current pandemic that the world is experiencing.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the twins were born in the early hours of 27 March at the Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital.
Their parents, Preeti and Vinay Verma, who are from Chhattisgarh India, said to the Press Trust of India, they chose the names Corona and Covid to symbolise triumph over hardship.
“The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable. Indeed the virus is dangerous and life-threatening but its outbreak made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and inculcate other good habits. Thus, we thought about these names,” Preeti said, according to the Daily Mail.
Preeti had severe labour pains and her husband arranged for an ambulance that operated under 102 Mahtari Express Service. They struggled to get to the hospital seeing that the country is under lockdown. Fortunately, police allowed them to go through at the roadblocks after noticing her condition.
Preeti said to the Daily Mail, “I was wondering what would happen in the hospital as it was midnight, but fortunately doctors and other staff were very cooperative. Our relatives who wanted to reach the hospital, could not make it as bus and train services were stopped due to the lockdown.”
The babies were born via a ceasarean section after complications occurred and Preeti and the twins have been discharged.
The parents said that they might change their minds and change the babies’ names later.