As of Tuesday, November 5, hazardous air quality levels persist in Delhi, despite a slight improvement since Sunday, November 3. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi dropped from 407 on Monday, November 4, to 370 on Tuesday at 07:30 (local time). According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the air quality should improve across the city by Friday, November 8.
Schools across Delhi, which have been closed since Friday, November 1, are expected to reopen on Wednesday, November 6. As part of anti-pollution measures, the odd-even road rationing plan will continue from 08:00 to 20:00 until Friday, November 15. Bans on diesel-powered vehicles have been implemented in some areas.
A heightened traffic security presence and transportation disruptions, including an increased demand for alternative means of transport, are expected in the coming days and weeks. The smog is expected to significantly hamper outdoor activity over the coming days, even as pollution levels are forecast to gradually decrease.
Health officials declared a public health emergency on Friday, November 1, due to the "Severe+" level of air pollution in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and transport authorities started the implementation of an odd-even road rationing scheme on Monday, November 4.
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).
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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