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To reduce pollution exposure, stay indoors

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After Skopje’s air pollution reached very unhealthy levels, as shown by latest readings exceeding 200 on the Air Quality Index (AQI) scale over two subsequent days, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning issued a health advisory recommending that citizens use public transit or carpool, and refrain from burning waste oil, lacquered or painted furniture, polystyrene foam, PET packaging, rubber or any other plastics to heat their homes.

The Ministry also recommends that people avoid going outdoors, especially the vulnerable population. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, seniors, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease, as well as outdoor workers.

The Ministry’s health advisory is based on pollution indexes breaching the 200 limit at two monitoring stations on two subsequent days.

Latest readings show pollution levels of 256 at the Rectorate monitoring station, 237 in Centar, 232 in Miladonovci, 189 in Karposh, and 163 in Butel.

AQI levels of 201-300 are considered very unhealthy, warranting health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to experience health effects.