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15 Oct 2018 | 10:13 AM UTC

China: Smog episode expected to last until October 16 in Beijing

China News Alert

Heavy levels of pollution affecting Beijing until October 16

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/17/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Beijing

Event

Authorities in the capital Beijing issued an alert for "heavy" levels of air pollution, the second-highest category on the six-tier Air Quality Index scale, set to remain in effect until Tuesday, October 16. This is reportedly the most significant spike in air pollution in the past three months. Local authorities are advising people in Beijing to wear masks and use air purifiers to minimize breathing discomfort.

This air pollution could be hazardous to certain groups ‒ e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Air pollution can be harmful to heart health and may make it more likely that some people will have a heart attack or stroke.

Context

Beijing is known for its notoriously high levels of pollution despite considerable measures taken by the government in recent years to address the issue.

Advice

Individuals present in Beijing are advised to monitor the air quality situation, limit outdoor activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties.

 

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