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New Year's Eve's revelers urged to wear masks amid poor air quality

New Year's Eve's revelers urged to wear masks amid poor air quality

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Those who plan to celebrate New Year's Eve countdown parties outdoors should wear masks due to expected extremely poor air quality, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned Thursday.

The index for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) could hit a hazardous level 10 in northern Taiwan and outlying Kinmen and Matsu overnight, according to the EPA.

Level 10 on the 10-tier index represents PM2.5 concentrations of over 70 micrograms per cubic meter and is considered very high.

Central and southern Taiwan could see level 7 pollution, which is also bad enough to be linked to chronic health problems, the EPA said.

The poor air quality is attributed to seasonal winds moving across Taiwan from the northwest and bringing with it pollutants from China, according to the EPA. The elderly and those with chronic lung problems or heart disease in affected areas should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activity, the EPA advised.

People with asthma may also need to use inhalers more often, it said. (By Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-07-30 09:30 GMT+08:00