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Post Diwali, Punjab health dept advises people to stay indoors

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The Health Department on Friday advised people to stay indoors after air quality worsened owing to Diwali celebrations.

The health department has advised people to avoid outdoor activities until the air quality index improves.

The air quality Index (AQI) in Jalandhar was in the very poor category while in Patiala, Ludhiana and Amritsar it was in the poor category.

Ropar is the only district in the state that was in green zone (satisfactory) category.

Dr Sumeet Singh, nodal officer, National Programme for Climate Change and Human Health, said asthmatic people should carry their inhalers all the time. He said those suffering from breathing disorders should take extra precautions.

He said, “Air quality index is poor. Besides, PM-10 is also very high; therefore, people should stay indoors. Avoid outdoor activities until the air quality improves.”


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