Three more have died of heatstroke, mostly amongst senior citizens, and hundreds of others have succumbed to ill health across Egypt on Tuesday according to Ministry of Health reports.
Of those admitted to hospital suffering the effects of heat stroke, 109 were later released.
The number of deaths resulting from heat stroke since the beginning of August has exceeded 100. Among the deaths were prisoners and patients who died due to poor ventilation and conditions inside the hospital and prison.
On Monday, Khanka Psychiatric Hospital received seven new air conditioning units following the deaths of 11 patients due to the nationwide heat wave, the hospital’s director, Mostafa Shehata, told state-run news agency MENA.
Meanwhile, the Shubra first police station installed new air conditioners inside its detention cells after three prisoners died due to poor ventilation during the heat wave, the Qaliubiya security director told MENA.
Since the start of August, the recorded maximum temperature has regularly exceeded 40°C, while humidity rates reached higher than 90% at certain points of the day. According to weather forecasts, the heat wave is not expected to break before 20 August.