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Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes has said the local Sports Palace on Petra Hryhorenko Avenue will become an alternative site to accommodate coronavirus patients in case of mass spread of COVID-19.

In an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper, he said the sports facility will be used if there is a shortage of places for patients in medical facilities, GorodX reports.

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"We considered the Sports Palace as a venue where we can set up a hospital. You understand there is a large hall there, exhibitions and concert shows are held there, so we could set everything up alright," the mayor said.