Health officials on Friday, November 1, declared a public health emergency due to the "Severe+" level of air pollution in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 12:45 (local time) on Saturday, November 2, the PM10 levels in the capital are at 663 micrograms per cubic meter. Fuel- and coal-based businesses - excluding power plants, as well as schools are closed in several areas in the NCR and in New Delhi until Tuesday, November 5. Officials have also banned fireworks, and advised individuals to limit outdoor activity.
The smog is expected to significantly hamper outdoor activity over the coming days, even as pollution levels are forecast to gradually decrease.
Individuals present in New Delhi and the National Capital Region 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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