Millions of masks distributed to students in in Delhi because of toxic air

epa07964400 Indian school students wearing masks pose for a photograph after Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal distributed masks in a Government school in New Delhi, India, 01 November 2019. Delhi Government has planned to distribute pollution masks to all the Delhi school students as the health emergency is declared due to the air quality hit severe levels in the past several days and People in the Indian capital city are struggling with heavily polluted air. EPA-EFE/STR

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Five million masks are being distributed at schools in India’s capital, Delhi, after pollution made the air so toxic officials were forced to declare a public health emergency.

A Supreme Court mandated panel imposed several restrictions in the city and two neighbouring states, as air quality deteriorated to “severe” levels.

All construction has been halted for a week and fireworks have been banned.

The city’s schools have also been closed until at least next Tuesday.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi had been turned into a “gas chamber”.



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