Indian authorities warned New Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) had remained in the "severe" category (the highest on a six-tier scale) for a third day running on Saturday, November 7. The AQI score of 441 out of 500 indicates that conditions are hazardous, with conditions likely to remain unchanged over Diwali on Saturday, November 14. The poor air quality has reportedly been caused by stubble fires and vehicle emissions in and around the city.
Individuals in New Delhi are advised to monitor local media outlets for further information and follow any instructions issued by the local government. Children and those with respiratory illnesses should exercise additional precautions. Those travelling in the affected area are advised to reduce outdoor activities and consider the use of face masks. Carry a bottle of water and consume light, easily digestible food.
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