Delhi pollution causes spike in breathing issues

Contributors to the poor air quality in Delhi, often ranked the world's most polluted capital, include coal-fired plants outside the city as well as the burning of garbage in the open.

New Delhi, which has been battling a toxic haze since early November, took emergency measures on Saturday (November 13) ordering the closure of schools and building work for four days.

Vice-Chairman, Department of Chest Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr. Bobby Bhalotra said along with the patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions and chronic smokers, they are getting a higher number of new patients reporting breathlessness and pain and tightness in the chest.

Those who are undergoing post-COVID recovery are also a new addition to the pollution victims of the Indian capital.

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