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Smog alert in Beijing ahead of Winter Olympics

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 26th January, 2022 04:47:03 PM
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After logging around 43 positive Covid-19 cases in little more than a week, Beijing’s smog has re-emerged as a new irritant for the city days ahead of the Winter Olympics, Hindustan Times reported.

Authorities have warned that weather conditions are likely to be extremely unfavourable during the Games, beginning on February 4, triggering heavy pollution.

Beijing has experienced severe pollution in the last couple of days with concentrations of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 at 205 micrograms per cubic metre on Monday morning.

The World Health Organization says the count should not be more than 5.

Liu said local authorities will initiate emergency responses to manage and control businesses and vehicles to tackle air pollution but balance it with economic activity.

Beijing on Monday reported nine locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, including five confirmed cases and four asymptomatic carriers until Sunday 4pm.