Photos: Tiny respite as Delhi AQI down from “severe” to “very poor”

Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season on October 29, as over 18 air quality monitoring stations in Delhi recorded readings above 400--in the severe category. Early stubble burning in Delhi’s neighbouring states are believed to be contributing to the deteriorating air quality. A day after the Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to the severe category, pollution levels in the national capital remained in very poor category on Friday morning. According to the data shared by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI value was 380 at 7am on October 30. Doctors believe that deteriorating air quality in the city has already caused a spike in respiratory infections.

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A man instructs children during a football training session on a hazy morning in New Delhi on October 29. Delhi’s air quality was at its worst this season on October 29 as winds heavy with toxic smoke lingered low over the city, Reuters reported. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

A man instructs children during a football training session on a hazy morning in New Delhi on October 29. Delhi’s air quality was at its worst this season on October 29 as winds heavy with toxic smoke lingered low over the city, Reuters reported. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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A man looks on as smoke rises from the burnt remains at a paddy field in Baran village, Patiala, Punjab on October 28. Average air pollution this month hit its worst in two years after farmers in Delhi’s neighbouring states made an early start on stubble burning after harvests. (Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)

A man looks on as smoke rises from the burnt remains at a paddy field in Baran village, Patiala, Punjab on October 28. Average air pollution this month hit its worst in two years after farmers in Delhi’s neighbouring states made an early start on stubble burning after harvests. (Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)

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A view of India Gate blanketed in heavy haze in New Delhi on October 26. Smoke from stubble fires has contributed to more than a third of Delhi’s pollution on October 29, Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR told Reuters. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

A view of India Gate blanketed in heavy haze in New Delhi on October 26. Smoke from stubble fires has contributed to more than a third of Delhi’s pollution on October 29, Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR told Reuters. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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An antismog gun deployed at a construction site sprays water on trees in an attempt to curb air-pollution at Madhav Rao Scindia Marg in New Delhi on October 26. Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 402 at 2 pm on October 29. Between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor and 401 and 500 to be severe, PTI reported. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

An antismog gun deployed at a construction site sprays water on trees in an attempt to curb air-pollution at Madhav Rao Scindia Marg in New Delhi on October 26. Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 402 at 2 pm on October 29. Between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor and 401 and 500 to be severe, PTI reported. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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Smoke rising from a fire in a forest at Sector 54 in Noida on October 27. Winds in Delhi, which have ranged from moderate to high this season, were to blame as they became stagnant and trapped pollutants, SAFAR told Reuters. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Smoke rising from a fire in a forest at Sector 54 in Noida on October 27. Winds in Delhi, which have ranged from moderate to high this season, were to blame as they became stagnant and trapped pollutants, SAFAR told Reuters. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

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A candy floss vendor walks amid smoke wafting from a fire in Chilla Village near Mayur Vihar on October 27. According to doctors, the deteriorating air quality has already caused a spike in respiratory infections, Reuters reported. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

A candy floss vendor walks amid smoke wafting from a fire in Chilla Village near Mayur Vihar on October 27. According to doctors, the deteriorating air quality has already caused a spike in respiratory infections, Reuters reported. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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A Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) worker sprinkles water on a road at Jahangirpuri in New Delhi on October 27. Just over half of Delhi’s 36 air-quality monitoring stations had readings above 400 on October 29. According to Reuters, authorities said that it can affect healthy people and seriously harm any who are already ill. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

A Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) worker sprinkles water on a road at Jahangirpuri in New Delhi on October 27. Just over half of Delhi’s 36 air-quality monitoring stations had readings above 400 on October 29. According to Reuters, authorities said that it can affect healthy people and seriously harm any who are already ill. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Smoke rises from a smouldering fire due to garbage being burned at Bhalswa in New Delhi on October 27. Delhi is fighting severe air-pollution along with a surge in daily Covid-19 cases. 5,739 new cases were reported on October 29, the highest Delhi has seen until now. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Smoke rises from a smouldering fire due to garbage being burned at Bhalswa in New Delhi on October 27. Delhi is fighting severe air-pollution along with a surge in daily Covid-19 cases. 5,739 new cases were reported on October 29, the highest Delhi has seen until now. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A day after Delhi reported the coldest October in 26 years recording a minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a misty day on Friday with minimum temperature likely to drop to 12 degrees Celsius. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI value was 380 at 7 am on the morning of October 30. (Jewel Samad / AFP)

A day after Delhi reported the coldest October in 26 years recording a minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a misty day on Friday with minimum temperature likely to drop to 12 degrees Celsius. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI value was 380 at 7 am on the morning of October 30. (Jewel Samad / AFP)

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