Beijing residents are being urged to stay indoors again on Wednesday during the Chinese city’s second day of a smog red alert.
Unhealthy levels of smog blanketed Beijing as schools remained closed and driving restrictions continued to be enforced.
On Monday, forecasters issued the smog red alert after pollution levels were expected to be over 300 on the city’s air quality index. According to the Associated Press, the air quality index is linked to levels of the dangerous tiny particles PM2.5.
On Wednesday, the levels ranged from 200 to 250 micrograms per cubic metre. That’s almost 10 times the safe level recommended by the World Health Organization, according to the Associated Press.