As India is under a nationwide lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, a couple from the Indian city of Raipur found unusual inspiration from the situation.
They decided to name their boy Covid and their girl Corona.
The 27-year-old mother told PTI news agency that these will be their names for now, but that they might change them later.
“When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic,” she said.
India: Twins born during India lockdown named 'Corona and Covid.' The siblings – a girl and a boy – were born in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh during an ongoing nationwide lockdown. #COVID2019#COVID19Pandemic #COVID2019 pic.twitter.com/HwIXgoO7UC
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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.
Soon after the first case of the coronavirus arrived in India in late January, India responded with restrictions on flights and screenings at its airports.
Yet the country had more than 80,000 arrivals every day, mostly from Europe and the Gulf States, where the virus had spread. And across the country, millions of people live in proximity, in densely populated slums where access to health care is poor.
The government’s decision to impose the lockdown was necessary to mitigate the inevitable spread of the disease.
India has fewer than 100,000 intensive-care unit beds and 20,000 ventilators, most of which are only in the large cities.
The scenes where Italian doctors had to choose between multiple patients to determine who would get a ventilator would increase multifold in India’s weak health system.
India, with a population of almost 1.4 billion people, so far has 2,567 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 72 deaths.
RT with additional input from GVS News Desk.