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(Times of India) NEW DELHI: Delhi’s air quality recorded “severe” levels on Saturday, a day before Diwali. A pall of smog was hanging over the city since morning.

 SAFAR advised people to avoid all outdoor physical activity. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low, it said.

“There is health warning for emergency conditions and serious risk of respiratory effects in general public,”

The health ministry’s steering committee report on air pollution lists mortality due to cardiovascular and respiratory disease, chronic respiratory disease incidence (asthma, COPD, etc), lung cancer, chronic cardiovascular disease, among others as a result of long-term exposure to high levels of pollution.

If AQI continues to be severe for the next couple of days, it would fall below Beijing’s red alert category when the Chinese capital shuts schools and industries, reduces power plant emissions and restricts car usage.

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