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Cyprus heat wave claims second victim

A second person is reported to have died as a result of heat stroke brought on by the sweltering heat grippin the island while the number of people being treated in hospital now stands at five.

Ioanna Grigoriou, a doctor for the Health Ministry confirmed that the lifeless body of a 60-year-old woman from the Nicosia district was found in her garden on Sunday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the woman, who had a serious medical history, had died from heatstroke.

On Monday morning, it was reported that one person – a woman of 79 – had died as a result of the scorching temperatures.

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Five people are also being treated in hospital in intensive care for heat-related complications, with one patient said to be in serious condition.

A one-year-old child, that was rushed to the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia after its parents had left it to play in a swimming pool, seems to be suffering from a lung infection and is out of danger.

The Health Ministry has appealed to the public to refrain from unnecessary exposure to the sun and to refrain from heavy work and exercise.

The Meteorological Service has extended its Orange Warning for Monday with inland temperatures expected to rise to 43°C inland, 38°C on the south, north and east coasts, and 35°C on the west coast and in the mountains.

Temperatures on Sunday officially reached 45°C while unofficial measures stated it was even hotter.

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