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China closes highways, schools and factories due to critical pollution episode

China closes highways, schools and factories due to critical pollution episode

More than twenty cities in China are under red alert due to the high air pollution that has affected them since the weekend.

The most affected have been Beijing and Tianjin. Due to the seriousness of this situation, the authorities have decreed the closure of schools, factories and some highways until Wednesday. Meanwhile, hundreds of flights had to be canceled at airports.

Also, some municipalities have determined the increase in public transport capacity due to restrictions on private vehicles.

Meanwhile, the number of children who have had to attend the clinics because of respiratory problems has increased since the weekend.

"If you go back to the first day of this episode, you can see that the layer of smog (in Beijing) is moving slowly from the south of urban Beijing and then north," explained Dong Liansai, a climate activist with Greenpeace. in Beijing.

Pollution in the north of the country has exceeded the limit established by the World Health Organization by more than one hundred times.

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Video: Thick smog shrouds cities in China (June 2021).