Coronavirus: Twins born during lockdown named Corona and Covid

Mother wanted to 'make the day memorable'

Saturday 04 April 2020 12:26 BST
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A couple in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have named their newborn twins Corona and Covid.

The twins - a boy and a girl - were born during the ongoing nationwide lockdown.

“The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable,” Preeti Verma, the mother of the twins, told the news agency Press Trust of India.

The couple said the names would remind them about the hardships they faced during the lockdown and ahead of the successful delivery in a government hospital last week.

The lockdown in India has resulted in the suspension of trains and airline services and effectively kept 1.3 billion Indians at home for all but essential trips to places like markets or pharmacies.

India has 2,909 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across the country, including 68 deaths.

The overall number of known cases in India is small compared with the US, Italy and China, but health experts say India could be weeks away from a huge surge that could overwhelm its already strained public health system.

India entered into a 21-day nationwide lockdown on 24 March.

Associated Press

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