The biggest trends in the world right now are coronavirus and COVID-19, so why not turn them into baby names?
An Indian couple says they’ve named their newborn twins Corona and Covid (the boy Covid and the girl Corona) in an effort to put a positive spin on the deadly pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Vinay Verma rushed his pregnant wife to hospital on a motorcycle just before midnight on March 26th 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.
“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.”
“Indeed the virus is dangerous and life-threatening but its outbreak made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and inculcate other good habits,” Verma said. “Thus, we thought about these names.”
They said the names would remind them about the hardships they faced during the lockdown.
The lockdown in India has effectively kept 1.3 billion Indians at home for all but essential trips to places like markets or pharmacies.
There have been more than 3,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the country, including 86 deaths but some health experts say India could be weeks away from a surge that could overwhelm its already strained public health system.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a three-week lockdown across the country on 24 March to prevent the spread of the virus.
The lockdown, which the PM says is necessary to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, has brought further hardship to the poor. Many have lost their jobs, families are low on food and homeless shelters are overflowing.
There have been 2,567 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India, resulting in 72 deaths. The babies were born in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.