An Indian couple says they’ve named their newborn twins Corona and Covid in an effort to put a positive spin on the deadly pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
The bouncing bundles of viral joy arrived on March 27 at B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in Raipur, central India, according to media reports.
“I was blessed with the twins — a boy and a girl — in the early hours on March 27,” mother Preeti Verma told the Press Trust of India news agency. “We have named them Covid and Corona for now.”
Vinay Verma rushed his pregnant wife to hospital on a motorcycle just before midnight on March 26 for the birth, Preeti told India’s Express News Service. She said it was a tense journey as they passed through several checkpoints under India’s coronavirus lockdown measures.
Preeti ultimately arrived at the hospital and gave birth via caesarean section due to complications early the next morning, according to Shubhra Singh, a spokesperson for the hospital.
“Within 45 minutes of their arrival, the delivery was done successfully,” Singh told the Press Trust of India.
Preeti, 27, says she and Vinay embraced the names after hospital staff started using them for the children.
“The delivery happened after facing several difficulties, and therefore, me and my husband wanted to make the day memorable,” she said.
“We finally decided to name them after the pandemic.”
They named the boy Covid and the girl Corona.
“We wished to ease the anxiety and fear associated with these words and also make the occasion memorable,” Verma added in an interview with Express News Service.
They have since been discharged from the hospital.
“Both the mother and newborn babies are doing fine,” Singh said.
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