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‘Corona’ baby: Newborn girl in West Java named after pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 2, 2020   /   02:11 pm
‘Corona’ baby: Newborn girl in West Java named after pandemic Illustration of a baby. (Shutterstock/Liudmila Fadzeyeva)

A couple in Cianjur, West Java, have named their newborn baby “Corona” after the coronavirus.

The baby girl – full name Nara Fatimah Corona – was born on Thursday at around 12 p.m. at the Cugenang community health center in Cianjur.

Her father Ramdhan Apriana, 32, said her last name did not necessarily refer to something negative as the word also meant “crown” in Latin.

"It doesn’t mean that by naming my baby Corona, I want her to get the virus. It's just a reminder [of the COVID-19 outbreak]," Ramdhan said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.

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The Cianjur couple were not the first to name their child after the pandemic, as parents in several regions across the globe had named their babies after the virus or the disease, AFP reported.

A Pinoy couple in Bacolod, the Philippines, decided to name their baby girl born on April 13 “Covid Marie”, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Weeks earlier, two mothers in southern India named their children "Corona Kumar" and "Corona Kumari", as suggested by a doctor in the hospital where the babies were delivered. (vny)