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Beijing hospital visits rise due to pollution

Published on Jan 31, 2013 12:01 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Doctors in Beijing said on Thursday that hospital admissions for respiratory complaints rose in recent days during the latest bout of pollution, as air quality in the city began to improve.

The United States embassy's air quality index stood at 233 on Thursday morning, or "very unhealthy", after it peaked at more than 500 on Tuesday. The Beijing municipality's figure was 184 at 10am on Thursday, or "lightly polluted".

Beijing and vast swathes of China have experienced several bouts of heavy pollution over the last month, lowering visibility and leading to transport disruption.

The number of patients admitted to several hospitals in Beijing complaining of respiratory problems rose 20 per cent "in recent days", the Beijing Morning Post reported.

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