New Delhi schools to close for a week amid severe air pollution crisis

“The virtual classes will continue so that children do not have to go out and breathe polluted air,” Kejriwal told a news conference after holding an emergency meeting to address the pollution crisis.

Kejriwal also said that Delhi government offices will operate under a work-from-home policy for one week and private offices have been advised to do the same whenever possible. Construction activities in the city will be banned from November 14-17, he said.

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Thick smog has hung over Delhi for days, compounded by “adverse weather conditions that restrict the spread of pollution and regional contributions, including burning of stubble” by farmers, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. of India (CPCB).

“Weather forecasts say that winds will not blow from November 14-17 and smoke from burning stubble will continue to cover Delhi,” Kejriwal told reporters, adding that “the situation could get worse at that time.”

Air quality in and around Delhi was rated from very poor to severe on Sunday morning, according to the CPCB’s National Air Quality Index (AQI). Prolonged exposure to that level of pollution can cause respiratory illnesses.

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