Several regions took today measures to prevent a worsening of the current environmental pollution levels, including limiting the circulation of vehicles and suspending industrial production and construction works.
Open air activities were also banned in kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools.
According to official reports, in northern Hebei province, on orange alert, private cars with plates ending in number one or six, or 20 percent of vehicles registered, were banned from circulation.
In Beijing, on orange alert since Feb. 21 for the first time after days of toxic cloud over the city and numerous protests against the authorities inaction, industrial production was reduced or stopped, construction works were slowed down and open air cooking was suspended.
The government in Beijing also recommended a halt in physical education classes, outdoor workouts and sport competitions in kindergartens and schools unless the situation gets better.
Spokespersons for the Environment Protection Ministry reported that nearly all northern, eastern and central China are hit by pollution, with Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong, Henan and Liaoning sowing very high toxicity levels.
The EPM sent today 12 teams to Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and their surrounding areas to check the official response to extreme pollution.
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