Raipur Couple Welcomes Twins During Lockdown, Names Them ‘Corona’ And ‘Covid’

The global coronavirus pandemic has introduced new terms into our vocabularies like COVID-19, quarantining, social distancing, etc. Interestingly, it has also given us some truly unique baby names.

According to The Economic Times, 27-year-old Preeti Verma and her husband welcomed twins during the 21-day lockdown in Raipur’s Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital and decided to name them ‘Corona’ and ‘Covid’.

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The Hindu quoted the new mom saying,

“On the late night of March 26, I suddenly experienced severe labour pain and somehow my husband arranged an ambulance operated under 102 Mahtari Express service. As no vehicular movement was allowed on roads due to the lockdown, we were stopped by police at various places but they let us go after noticing my condition. I was wondering what would happen in the hospital as it was midnight, but fortunately, doctors and other staff were very cooperative. Our relatives, who wanted to reach the hospital, could not make it as bus and train services were stopped due to the lockdown.”

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India Today quoted her adding,

“I was blessed with the twins – a boy and a girl – in the early hours on March 27. We have named them Covid (boy) and Corona (girl) for now.”


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“The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I 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.”

The Chhatisgarh-based family has said that if they change their mind in the future, they might rename the twins. We wish the mother and the babies who have been discharged from the hospital good health.

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