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Carpool, stay indoors: Delhi govt's health advisory as air quality worsens

Avoid going to high-pollution areas during peak hours. Stay indoors as much as possible: Advisory

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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As residents continued to battle pollution, the on Monday issued a health advisory and urged people not to smoke and go in for carpooling, among other things, to tide over the environmental crisis.

The advisory came as Delhi's air quality worsened with "emergency" and "severe" situation in many areas. The advisory also advised the residents to use carpool and public transport. 

"Use carpooling and public transport, as much as possible. Walk or use non-polluting mode of transport for short distances," said the advisory issued by the

"Do not smoke as it harms not only you but others also."

It advised people to avoid going outdoors during the early morning and late evening hours as pollution levels were the maximum at those times.

"Avoid going to high-pollution areas during peak hours. Stay indoors as much as possible. Schools may avoid outdoor assemblies, sports activities, and other physical activities in early mornings," the advisory added.

recorded Air Quality Index (AQI) of 362 at 4 a.m. on Monday, as against 352 on Sunday, both considered "very poor".

According to pollution monitoring agencies, air quality across the Capital Region, including Delhi, is set to deteriorate further.

"If you feel breathless or experience palpitation, immediately go to the nearest medical facility," the advisory said, pointing out to "absolutely free" treatment at all health facilities.


First Published: Tue, November 28 2017. 09:25 IST