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Delhi Air Pollution Levels Reach Record-Breaking Heights in Public Health Emergency

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Air pollution in Delhi reached new heights this week, causing the Indian capital city to declare a public health emergency. As reported by Reuters, the air quality index measured more than 990 — and considering the fact that any amount more than 500 that qualifies as “severe-plus,” according to Reuters, it's clear that Delhi's air quality is seriously dangerous.

The streets of Delhi have been fairly empty since Sunday, Nov. 3, when the air quality index reached the worst levels the country has seen in more than three years, CNN reported. The AQI of 990 makes going outside equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes in one day, Reuters added.