Hospital visits rise during Beijing's choking smog
BEIJING (AFP) - Hospital admissions for respiratory complaints rose 20 per cent during the latest choking smog to hit Beijing, reports said Thursday as state media demanded greater government openness on pollution.
This week's pollution across vast swathes of northern China - the fourth serious case of toxic air in recent weeks - has sparked anger online and prompted unusually outspoken calls for action even from official media.
The number of patients admitted to several hospitals in the capital for breathing problems rose by a fifth in recent days, the Beijing Morning Post reported.
Half of those admitted to a children's hospital in the city were suffering from respiratory infections, the newspaper said, citing doctors.