The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that 3,179 people were taken to hospitals nationwide to be treated for heatstroke between July 14 and July 20. The figure was about 700 more than the previous week, TV Asahi reported.
Of the total number, 1,478 were aged 65 and older, three of whom died, the agency said. Sixty-one required hospitalization, the agency said.
Temperatures soared across much of the nation as the rainy season ended.
Health officials say heatstroke affects a lot of people just after the rainy season ends because their bodies are not yet accustomed to the heat. They recommend light exercise such as walking, drinking plenty of water, sleeping on a wet pillow case and using the air conditioner, if necessary.
Last year, more than 50,000 people were taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke between May and September, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.© Japan Today