Over 21,000 Taken to Hospitals in Japan Due to Heatstroke
Japan Severe // Heat Wave
TOKYO -- The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported on Tuesday that a total of 21,032 people have been taken to hospitals in Japan since May 31 due to heatstroke, and 98 of them passed away shortly after admission. In an initial report, the agency said almost half of the patients were aged 65 and above. In terms of demographics, Aichi Prefecture had the most number of patients with 2,032, followed by Tokyo with 1,729, and then Saitama, Osaka and Kanagawa prefectures with 1,713, 1,235 and 1,083 patients respectively. During the week from from July 26 to Aug. 1, a total of 5,460 people have been taken to hospitals across the country due to heatstroke, and 25 of them died.
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