Thursday, 20 February 2020

London on alert over toxic smog warning

LONDON was put on alert for a public health emergency today over toxic air pollution.  Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, said air pollution could rise to ‘moderate’ in more than half of the capital’s 32 boroughs as he issued the warnings for the next three days.  Central London will be worst hit, with the warnings rising to ‘high’ in Westminster and the Square Mile tomorrow. Airtext forecasts issued by City Hall warned that London’s busiest main roads will experience ‘high’ pollution on all three days. During ‘high’ alerts people experiencing symptoms such as sore eyes, a cough or sore throat should reduce activity – particularly if they are outdoors. The ‘high’ alert is the second highest warning. Official advice from the Environment Department says older people should also reduce physical exertion and people with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. During ‘moderate’ alerts adults and children with lung and heart problems who experience symptoms should consider reducing physical activity. Mr Khan said: ‘London’s dirty air is a public health emergency. ‘We will continue to use all the technology at our disposal to inform Londoners about levels of air pollution in their neighbourhoods.’

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