A boy and a girl born in the midst of India’s coronavirus lockdown have been named after the deadly virus.

The parents of Covid and Corona hope the twins’ names will serve as a reminder of the hardships they overcame as they were brought into the world during the pandemic. But the couple from the city of Raipur say they might change their minds later and rename the children.

Mother Preeti Verma told PTI: ‘The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, me and my husband wanted to make the day memorable. 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. When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic.’


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