The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 5,467 people were taken to hospital nationwide to be treated for heatstroke in the week from July 16 to July 22.
It was a record high number of heatstroke victims for one week and more than doubled the figure of 2,622 for the previous week as temperatures soared across the nation for five days in a row, the agency said.
The highest number occurred on July 17 when 1,323 people were treated for heatstroke, the agency said.
Seventeen deaths in 11 prefectures had been attributed to heatstroke, NHK reported. The most number of heatstroke cases were reported in Tokyo, Saitama, Aichi and Osaka.© Japan Today