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The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow alert for smog on Sunday morning, the fourth straight day such an alert has been announced.
Air pollution readings have soared in the Asian nation amid thick smog which the weather body said will persist in in parts of Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hubei and Hunan.
Residents in these Chinese cities have been cautioned to take precautionary measures including wearing protective masks, and children and the elderly to stay indoors.
The US embassy in Beijing index of air pollution has marked the previous 24 hours as “very unhealthy”.
The smog will ease on Monday thanks to a moderately strong north wind, which will lead to a drop in temperature, said the NMC on Sunday.
China’s meteorological disaster alerts are categorized as blue, yellow, orange and red as the severity of disasters ascends.