The mayor of Ukrainian Kharkov, Gennady Kernes, died of complications caused by the coronavirus infection COVID-19. This is reported by "Interfax-Ukraine" with reference to his friend Pavel Fuks.
The mayor's heart stopped on the night of Thursday, December 17. He was 61 years old. Kernes was admitted to the Kharkiv city hospital with bilateral pneumonia caused by the coronavirus on September 10. Since mid-September, he has been undergoing treatment at the Charite Clinic in Berlin.
On October 2, he tested negative for COVID-19, but his condition continued to deteriorate. On November 11, it became known that Kernes had kidney failure. “The consequences of coronavirus infection have given serious complications to the work of vital organs and systems of his body,” Fuchs said.
According to Fuchs, Kernes recently felt vigorous and made plans to return to Kharkiv by December 30. The City Council managed to re-nominate him for the post of mayor, and on November 4, the Kharkiv City Territorial Election Commission recognized his victory in the vote.
“Two weeks ago, when there was a session of the City Council, he was so cheerful and contented. He said "Well done!" He had normal speech, despite the tube in his throat,”he said. However, doctors gave disappointing forecasts after the official had both kidney failure.
Kernes's health suffered severely in 2014 when an assassination attempt was made on him. The bullet pierced the lung and liver. Since then, he has been forced to move in a wheelchair.
New severe restrictions related to the spread of coronavirus will come into force in Ukraine on December 19. It was originally planned to introduce a lockdown in January, but since December 15, the number of hospitalizations with coronavirus has jumped in the country.
At the same time, the increase in the number of Ukrainians admitted to hospitals occurred against the backdrop of a continuing decline in the number of new cases of COVID-19 infection. In addition, in Ukraine, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more than two thousand cases of re-infection have been recorded, mainly among doctors.
In total, 931,751 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic. As of December 17, 367 399 people are sick, 548 356 patients have recovered, 15 996 people have died.