Capital breaks its temperature record and a Naples A&E has its busiest day since height of Covid

Extreme heatwave – latest news updates

Hospitals across Italy have seen a sharp rise in the number of people seeking emergency care for heat-related illnesses as a heatwave continues to grip the country, with temperatures in Rome setting a new record.

Some hospitals reported a 20-25% increase in the numbers arriving at emergency units suffering from dehydration or other illnesses caused by overexposure to the heat.

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