India: Delhi shuts schools as regime considers “pollution lockdown” over noxious smog

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“New Delhi authorities announced Saturday a one-week closure of schools and said they would consider a ‘pollution lockdown’ to protect citizens from toxic smog. ‘Schools will be shut so that children don’t have to breathe polluted air,’ Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters. Delhi is ranked one of the world’s most polluted cities, with a hazardous melange of factory and vehicle emissions, and smoke from agricultural fires, settling in the skies over its 20 million people each winter. … Government offices were asked to operate from home and private businesses advised to stick to work-from-home options as much as possible.” (11/14/21)