A mum who gave birth to twins during India’s lockdown has decided to name them Corona and Covid as she wanted to ‘make the day memorable’.
During the ongoing nationwide pandemic, a set of twins – a boy and girl – have been born in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
The mum of the twins, Preeti Verma told the news agency Press Trust of India: “The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable.”
The couple believes that the names are fitting as they will remind them of the hardships that they faced during the lockdown and ahead of the successful delivery in a government hospital last week.
Due to the lockdown, effectively 1.3 billion Indians are being forced to stay at home for all but essential trips to places like the market or pharmacy. The lockdown has resulted in the suspension of trains and airline services across the country.
So far, India has confirmed 2,909 cases of the coronavirus across the country, including 68 deaths.
In comparison to the US, Italy and China, the number is comparatively small. However, health experts believe that India could be weeks away from a huge surge that could overwhelm its already stressed public health system.
India entered the nationwide 21-day lockdown on 24 March.