As the air quality in Delhi continues to deteriorate, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced on Thursday the temporary closure of all government and private primary schools for the next two days. The move aims to protect the health and well-being of students as the city grapples with hazardous air quality.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city has shown alarming levels of pollution. Delhi's air quality for the sixth consecutive day continued to remain in the 'very poor' category as the overall AQI reached 343 on Thursday morning, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The AQI neighbouring cities of Noida was 384 and the PM 10 concentration at 397 both under 'very poor' category, while Gurugram's AQI was reported at 326 under 'poor' category and the PM 10 concentration at 195 under 'moderate' category.
The Delhi government has also encouraged residents to take precautions and reduce outdoor activities.