A baby boy and girl born in India amid the current lockdown have been named Covid and Corona by their parents, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
According to media reports, the newborn twins were born at the Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in the early hours of March 27.
The Preeti and Vinay Verma, from Chhattisgarh, said the names would remind them of all the storms they weathered including a lockdown ahead of a successful delivery of the two angels
“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. I had some difficulties before delivering the babies,” Verma, 27, said.
Adding that, “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.”
She disclosed that hospital staff initiated the idea of naming the two angels Corona and Covid.
“When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic,” she said.
Verma disclosed that her relatives who would have loved to be in hospital during her time of delivery could not make it because bus and train services had been suspended as precaution to counter coronavirus spread.
Shubhra Singh the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital where the twins were born said the mother and the newborns were discharged in good health.
He confirmed to NDTV that the twins were delivered through a caesarean section procedure 45 minutes after Singh’s arrival at the hospital.