A couple in India have named their newborn twins Corona and Covid.

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The siblings - a girl and a boy - were born in the state of Chhattisgarh on March 27, with India in a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Their parents, Preeti and Vinay Verma, said that the names would remind them about the hardships they faced during the lockdown.

Preeti told the Press Trust of India: ''The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable.

''When the hospital staff also started calling the babies Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic.''

She added that the coronavirus is ''dangerous and life-threatening'', but the COVID-19 outbreak has also made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and instilled other good habits.