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NIH issues advisory on heatstroke

Heatstroke is a medical condition that can be fatal if not treated in time.

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Islamabad: The National Institute of Health has issued an advisory on heatstroke in the wake of the recent high temperature in different parts of the country.

In its advisory, the NIH has advised people to drink more water, avoid exposure to direct sunlight, cover their heads with a hat, and wear light-colored loose clothing.

It said heatstroke is a medical condition that can be fatal if not treated in time.

Symptoms of heatstroke include hot and dry skin, weakness or lethargy, fever, headache, and rapid heartbeat. If not treated properly in time, it can lead to death or damage to limbs, or disability.

Infants, people over 65, people with diabetes and high blood pressure, athletes, and outdoor workers have a higher risk of heatstroke.

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Syeda Siddra has been working as a web journalist for over the past seven years. She earned her M.Phil degree in Mass Communication from the Lahore Leads University. Ms. Siddra has previously worked with other renowned channels and is now associated with GNN as Senior Content Writer.

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Hot, dry weather likely across country

Pakistan Meteorological Department on Thursday predicted that the heatwave conditions are likely to return over central and upper Sindh from 27 May

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Islamabad: Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in Punjab and upper Sindh during the next twelve hours.

However, light rain-wind/thunderstorms may occur at a few places in Potohar region, Upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.   

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:            

Islamabad twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty, Gilgit fifteen and Murree thirteen degree centigrade.        

According to Met office forecast for Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, partly cloudy with chances of rain-wind-thunderstorm is expected in Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Baramulla and hot and dry in Jammu while cloudy with chances of rain-wind-thunderstorm in Leh.

Temperature recorded this morning: 

Srinagar and  Pulwama fourteen, Jammu twenty-five, Leh ten, Anantnag and Baramulla thirteen, and Shopian twelve degree centigrade. 

On the other hand, Pakistan Meteorological Department on Thursday predicted that the heatwave conditions are likely to return over central and upper Sindh from 27 May.

Daytime maximum temperatures may rise again to 46 – 48 degree Celsius in Dadu, Jacobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, and Khairpur districts. While, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, and Umerkot districts are likely to experience maximum temperature between 44-46 Celsius and Badin 40 – 42 degree Celsius.

Karachi is experiencing hot, humid and windy weather with maximum temperature remains between 34-36 degree Celsius, according to the Met Office. The wind direction will be westerly or southwesterly today.

An earlier spell of severe hot weather persisted in the province till 23rd May.

Here are some ways to stay cool during the heatwave:

  • Don’t go out between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is the strongest
  • Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing
  • Wear sunscreen and stay in the shade
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Cover your head (wear a scarf or cap)
  • Use lip balm and eye drops to make sure your lips and eyes don’t get too dry

Here are the symptoms of a heat stroke you should watch out for:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • If you experience these symptoms, you should visit a hospital.
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Imran Khan denies rumors of deal with anyone

"We will come to Islamabad with full preparation if elections were not announced in six days"

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Peshawar: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan refused rumors of any deal with the establishment for calling off a sit-in in Islamabad, saying that he had not struck a deal with anyone and had thought about the country only.

Addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan, Imran Khan said that he wrapped up his plans to stage a sit-in to avoid a bloodbath. “Had I sat there that day, there would have been a bloodbath,” he said.

Imran Khan said that it was not difficult for him to stage a sit-in till the toppling of the government. "We will come to Islamabad with full preparation if elections were not announced in six days," he added.

He also admitted that his arrival in Islamabad was delayed by barricades and that the PTI was not prepared to deal with the police. Especially, after the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued an order, allowing PTI to hold a rally in Islamabad, it was expecting barricades to be removed, he said.

He announced to challenge the Election (Amendment) Bill in court. "It is a violation of the basic right to deprive the overseas Pakistanis of a basic right," he maintained.

The PTI chairman said that it cannot happen in the world that a man released on bail can become the prime minister.

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Japan to reopen to foreign tourists after two-year pandemic closure

Japan will allow the entry of people on tours with fixed schedules

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Tokyo: Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now.

Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of people on tours with fixed schedules and guides, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Japanese government has announced it will end a two-year pandemic closure and reopen to tourists from 98 countries and regions – including Britain, the US, France, Spain, Canada and Malaysia – next month, but travelers will only be allowed in as part of the tour groups.

The decision comes after the government last week said it would test allowing small group tours with visitors from the US, Australia, Thailand and Singapore from this month.

Japan will also expand the number of airports that accept international flights to seven, adding Naha in its southern Okinawa prefecture and New Chitose near Sapporo in northern Hokkaido.

For most of the pandemic Japan has barred all tourists and allowed only citizens and foreign residents entry, though even the latter have periodically been shut out.

All arrivals have to test negative for Covid before traveling to Japan and many must be tested again on arrival, though triple-vaccinated people coming from certain countries can skip the additional test as well as a three-day quarantine required for others.

Tour groups are expected to take responsibility for ensuring visitors respect Japan’s near-universal mask-wearing and other measures that have helped keep the toll from Covid comparatively low.

Just how many people will be able to take advantage of the careful reopening is unclear as Japan is planning to double a daily entry cap, but only to 20,000.

The Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has said he wants to ease border control measures, but moves are expected to proceed slowly, with strong public support for the current restrictions.

Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million foreign visitors in 2019 and had been on track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020 before the pandemic hit.

SOURCE: AFP

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