North Macedonia undertakes urgent measures against air pollution

 
 The government of North Macedonia has said it will impose urgent measures in the country's capital - Skopje - and the western city of Tetovo, in order to protect people from high levels of air pollution.

Authorities said levels of toxic particles in the air were about 11 times higher than safe levels for two consecutive days, creating a health hazard.

The government has recommended that companies allow pregnant women and persons over 60 not to work, that construction companies reduce outdoor work, and that sports and other outdoor activities be banned on days of high pollution.

The government said it would reduce the use of its official vehicles by half, and ordered the Health and Welfare ministries to provide housing for homeless people and increase emergency services and home visits for people with chronic illnesses.

North Macedonia has been one of Europe's most polluted countries for years. Health authorities estimate that more than 3,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution, which is largely the result of heavy use of home-burning stoves during cold winters, an old fleet of cars in some areas.
North Macedonia undertakes urgent measures against air pollution North Macedonia undertakes urgent measures against air pollution Thursday, January 30, 2020 Rating: 5
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