As of Wednesday, October 16, very unhealthy air quality levels were recorded in Delhi. The Air Quality Index (AQI) peaked at 228 at 15:00 (local time) in the city of Noida and at 207 in the circonscription of Wazirpur. As such, a ban on diesel generators has been issued in Delhi and surrounding towns the day prior under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). According to local government officials, the situation is expected to continue over the coming days following an increase of agricultural fires in the neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab.
An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.
Individuals present in Delhi are advised to monitor the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, and wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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