A woman has died from coronavirus hours after giving birth to her daughter in Ukraine.
The 36-year-old mother, identified only as Galina, is said to have been infected with the virus at a perinatal centre in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine.
She was admitted to the centre on March 10 when she had no sign of the virus, local media reported, but fell severely ill after a 19-day stay at the unit.
Local health authorities spokesman Volodymyr Chemny said during a press conference: ‘On March 29, the woman’s condition suddenly worsened.
‘The oxygen level in her blood sharply lowered. Her body temperature rose to 39 degrees Celsius [102.2 Fahrenheit].
‘She started having trouble breathing and quickly developed pneumonia. She was tested positive for coronavirus.’
On the same day in the evening Galina delivered a healthy 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) baby girl.
After that, her condition became critical. She was rushed in the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator.
Devastated relative Oksana Stasevich said: ‘We were told that she was dying. They allowed us to enter her ward and say goodbye to her.
‘Galina died hours after giving birth to her child.’
Mrs Stasevich believes Galina contracted coronavirus at the health facility and blames its staff for the new mother’s death.
She said: ‘Galina was in a ward with two other women who had fever. They shared the room for several days before the ill women were isolated.
‘A doctor from this hospital told me they had confirmed coronavirus cases among staff about three weeks ago.
‘Medics do not have any protective gear there. One doctor didn’t even wear a medical mask.
‘I am one hundred per cent sure that Galina was infected at the hospital.’