The heat wave gripping Cyprus has claimed its third victim this week following the death a woman from Nicosia.
A 71-year-old woman who was being treated in the Nicosia Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit died on Tuesday night.
The number of people affected by heat stroke has risen to ten of which three have died since Sunday.
The other victims were also women from Nicosia, aged 71 and 60.
Speaking to CNA, Health Ministry Doctor Ioanna Grigoriou said that the 71-year-old had been admitted to the Nicosia General Hospital on July 3 with a high fever but passed away due to her serious medical history.
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Grigoriou said that another two heatstroke cases, an 80-year-old man in Nicosia and a 50-year-old man in the Famagusta district, both with serious medical conditions, had been reported over the last 24 hours, and both are being treated and are out of danger.
Grigoriou once again appealed to the public to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun, and heavy work or physical exercise.
“Remain in the shade and avoid crowded areas. It is better to wear light and loose-fitting clothing and use sunglasses and a hat if you need to go out,” said Grigoriou.
The public are also advised to refrain from alcoholic drinks, caffeine, and heavy foods that are fatty or spicy as well as chocolates and to prefer light meals, vegetables and fruit juices. Drinking lots of water and the use of fans and air conditioners during the hottest parts of the day is also recommended.