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Schools in New Delhi have been directed to close for a week due to high levels of air pollution that has blanketed the Indian capital, the city’s chief minister said on Saturday, as the megacity considers imposing a complete lockdown. .

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the decision to close schools from Monday was taken so that children do not have to breathe polluted air. Reuters,

Construction sites have also been ordered to be closed for four days starting Sunday.

Government officials will work from home and private businesses will be encouraged to do so to reduce vehicle emissions couple,

NS concentration AFP reported that the number of particulate matter in the air in Delhi, which is less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, exceeds 300 micrograms per cubic meter of air, which is 20 times the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Delhi grapples with high levels of pollution due to crop stubble every winter On fire In neighboring states, vehicle emissions and coal-fired power plants.

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