We can’t say we haven’t been expecting someone to pull this off, but so soon?
On March 27, 2020, a set of twins – a boy and a girl – were born at a government hospital in Chhattisgarh, India, and were given some truly astonishing names by their parents, ‘Corona’ and ‘Covid’, after the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic . In response to the crisis currently plaguing the whole world, the Indian government ordered a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread, and the twins were born two days after the order was given.
According to the couple, the lockdown had their lives upturned and when the woman went into labor, they faced several troubles before they could get her to the hospital. Finally, after successful delivery, they wanted to give the babies “memorable and unique” names, and now, they have two beautiful children named “Corona’ and ‘COVID’. Well, as long as it makes them happy, no one can question their decision. Looking on the bright side, they won’t have to go through the stress of finding matching names for their babies.
A happy ending to a stressful night
In an interview with Press of Trust of India, the couple narrates how the lockdown brought so many stumbling blocks their way .
No family member could assist them since everyone else was too far away from the capital city of Raipur, where the couple lived.
“With vehicular movement stopped, we both made it to the hospital somehow late at night after a lot of suffering. Since the deliveries happened after such difficulties, we wanted the names to be memorable and unique,” she told the DPA news agency. The wife also hinted that the hospital staff suggested the names, and it’s unclear if they were joking or being serious. Well, the couple certainly took them very seriously.
According to the couple, excluding the sentiments from the current state of the world, those names are actually lovely and they have no intention of changing them. Despite the pressure from family and friends to have a rethink, their children will remain ‘Corona’ and ‘Covid’.
“Besides, these names are beautiful in their own, with Corona being Latin for crown,” added Vinay Verma, the father. “Also, we want the fear associated with these names to end and the public to focus on sanitation and hygiene.”
Well, congratulations to them, and good health to the newborns!
India’s battle against coronavirus – several shortfalls
Despite being an Asian country (where the virus broke out) and the second-largest country in the world with a population of 1.3 billion, India has relatively low coronavirus numbers that have sparked questions across the world. While this is a good thing and everyone’s wish, the reality is unfortunately questionable. As of April 9, 2020, India has recorded 6,237 cases, 186 deaths, and 569 recoveries . If the United States with a population almost 4 times smaller than India has recorded over 400,000 cases, why has India remained on the low side?
Medical authorities believe that the low numbers are a result of India’s correspondingly low testing rates. As of March 18, the country was reportedly testing about 90 persons per day when the country had a capacity to test 8,000 daily . Without increased testing, it’s impossible to know the exact number of persons – including asymptomatic carriers – who have the virus, as the recorded cases are exponentially increasing daily.
However, the country’s government has taken several proactive measures to get a hold of the situation. On 24 March, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown during which movement of the entire population has been heavily restricted.
The country now has over 136 government laboratories and 56 private laboratories, all fully functional with a capacity to test over 18,000 persons per day .
“Overall testing for COVID-19 using real-time RT-PCR is increasing, and we will be approaching full capacity in the near future. At the same time, we are expecting delivery of rapid (blood-based) test kits for use in response to the COVID-19 situation,” said ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava in a letter to India’s Health Secretary, Preeti Sudan.
Prime Minister Modi has hinted that the lockdown on the country may have to be extended beyond April 14 due to the current state of the battle.
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