Beijing on red alert for smog, schools directed to shutdown


Beijing, Dec 8:  China's capital today issued the first-ever red alert as the city of over 22 million people faced the worst ever smog, forcing authorities to shut down schools and putting restrictions on factories and traffic.

Beijing has upgraded its alert for air pollution from orange to red, the most serious level, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

This is the first time the capital has issued the red alert, which will last from 7:00 AM Tuesday to 12:00 PM Thursday.

According to the city's emergency management headquarters, during a red alert, kindergartens, primary and high schools are advised to suspend classes, outdoor operations of construction sites are banned and some industrial plants are required to limit or stop production.

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