China’s capital city Beijing issues second-level smog alert

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a mask walks in the central business district on a polluted day after a yellow alert was issued for smog, in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s capital city Beijing issued second-level smog alert on Friday ahead of a wave of air pollution expected to blanket the northern part of the country, the government-backed Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The alert will take effect from March 2 until March 4.

Industrial plants will have to curtail output, while transportation needs to be limited during the alert.

Several cities in northern China, including top steel-making city Tangshan, have issued first-level smog alerts, the highest in the country’s four-tier pollution warning system.

China will hold its annual parliament gathering in Beijing from March 3-15.

Reporting by Muyu Xu and Dominique Patton, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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