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IN PHOTOS: Unhealthy levels of smog blankets Beijing during ‘red alert’

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.

Here’s a look at Beijing’s smog red alert.

A man wearing mask visits Temple of Heaven Park during a day of heavy pollution on December 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Feng Li/Getty Images
A man walks along an overpass amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 8, 2015. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images
A man wearing a mask passes a double-decker bus model during a day of heavy pollution on December 8, 2015 in Beijing, China. Li Feng/Getty Images
A Buddhist wearing mask meditates at Temple of Heaven Park during a day of heavy pollution on December 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Li Feng/Getty Images
A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during a day of heavy pollution on December 9, 2015 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
A woman wears a mask to protect against pollution as she passes a picture of a sunset advertising tourism to China’s Hebei province on December 8, 2015 in Beijing. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
A man wears a mask to protect against pollution while commuting to work in heavy smog on December 8, 2015 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
A woman wears a mask during a day of heavy pollution in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
In this combination of photos from the first week of December 2015, women wear masks to protect from air pollutants in Beijing. AP Photo/Andy Wong
In this combination of photos from the first week of December 2015, men and women wear masks to protect from air pollutants in Beijing. AP Photo/Andy Wong
A woman covers her face as she rushes to a subway station on a heavily polluted day in Beijing Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. AP Photo/Andy Wong
Workers install a Christmas tree on display outside a shopping mall during a day of heavy pollution in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. AP Photo/Andy Wong
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