A woman wearing a mask walks past a construction site as smog continues to choke Beijing on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.(AP Photo)
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Beijing begins installing air purifiers to combat pollution

Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced that starting air purification systems would be installed in some of the city’s schools and kindergartens.
By PTI | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2017 02:04 PM IST

With recurring high levels of pollution continue to persist, officials in the Chinese capital have started installing air purifiers in some of the schools to combat smog.

Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced that starting Friday air purification systems would be installed in some of the city’s schools and kindergartens.

The city government has allocated money to help the schools cover the cost of the installation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The announcement came last night as Beijing has extended its orange alert for heavy air pollution again as smog is expected to persist until the weekend.

Schools and other education institutions in the city have been ordered to stop outdoor courses and activities.

Many regions in China have experienced heavy smog since Friday last week.

On Tuesday, the national observatory issued a red alert for fog and renewed an orange alert for smog in a number of northern, eastern and central regions.

China has a four-tier color-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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