Vehicles drive on the Fourth Ring Road during the smog in Beijing, China. File photo/Reuters
Smog in the Chinese capital Beijing spiked on Monday morning despite region-wide efforts to curb emissions ahead of celebrations to mark 70 years of Communist Party rule on Oct. 1.
The environment ministry warned last week that regions along the eastern coast would face a sustained period of heavy smog lasting until the first week of October, with industrial and transportation emissions slow to disperse as a result of low pressure and high levels of humidity.
Monitoring stations throughout the capital recorded levels of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 at more than 160 micrograms per cubic metre, with readings as high as 180 micrograms near the Temple of Heaven in central Beijing at 11am, according to official environment ministry data.
PM2.5, or particulate matter that is less than 2.5 microns in size, is considered especially hazardous since it can penetrate deep into the lungs.
China’s official PM2.5 air quality standard is 35 micrograms. Levels above 150 micrograms are considered "unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping will oversee a military parade on Tuesday that is set to feature the country’s new and advanced missile and drone technology, as well as about 15,000 personnel and more than 160 aircraft.
China has previously shut down vast swathes of industrial capacity, imposed strict curbs on traffic and even seeded clouds in order to guarantee blue skies during key political events.
This year, however, it has refrained from blanket factory closures and relied instead on routine alerting systems, triggering curbs on transportation and industry throughout the country.
Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, stated that China is the UAE’s leading trade partner in terms of non-oil commodities, accounting for 9.7 per cent of its total non-oil trade in 2018, valued at over $43 billion.
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The Eastern Region Police Department of Sharjah Police arrested a driver who was seen driving his car at an excessive speed of up to 200 km/hour on a highway in Khor Fakkan.
The Dubai Police have arrested an Arab actress (M.H) for organising two birthday parties at two different restaurants for a number of guests in a closed place.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention conducted more than 92,000 additional COVID-19 tests in the different segments of the society over the past 24 hours and no new deaths were reported.
Teams from Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Economy have intensified their inspection of sports clubs, academies, and sports and fitness centres in Dubai, and have taken action against nine facilities in the past week for violating COVID-19 precautionary measures and safety guidelines.