Baby twins named Corona, Covid after lockdown birth in India

Josh K Elliot

GLOBAL NEWS – 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 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 BR 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.

Newborn babies are shown at a hospital maternity ward in India. PHOTO: AP