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Air purifier rush as smog shrouds northern China

Published on Feb 24, 2014 11:56 AM
 
This picture taken on Feb 23, 2014 shows residents wearing masks and talking to each other on a street in smog-covered Beijing. Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China in recent days has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media reported on Monday, as pollution continued to shroud Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China in recent days has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media reported on Monday, as pollution continued to shroud Beijing.

China's National Meteorological Centre issued a "yellow" smog alert for much of the country's north on Monday, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution which has slashed visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels.

The smog has prompted a rush by consumers to buy face masks and air purifiers, state-run China National Radio reported, with sales of the machines tripling in recent days at one Beijing electronics store, it said citing a store employee.

Beijing issued an "orange" pollution alert on Friday - the second-highest on the scale - leading to orders for manufacturing plants in the city to cut production, while building work has been halted and barbeques curbed.

 
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