The Air Quality Index in the city stood at 369 at 10am on Friday, remaining at the highest “hazardous” pollution level. A reading of over 300 is considered severe pollution.
Following the orange heavy pollution alert – the second highest – issued by authorities around noon on Thursday, 35 factories in the Beijing area were shut down and another 74 ordered to cut emissions by at least 30 per cent.
In Beijing’s Haidian district, a construction site that failed to comply with the measures was fined 20,000 yuan, the Beijing Times reported. Local officials found three excavators working on site during an unannounced check, and piles of exposed earth and gravel. Fines totalling 33,500 yuan were handed out to drivers of earth and gravel trucks still on the road despite th ban.
“It felt difficult to breath, and my throat was dry and felt like it was burning, as if I’ve inhaled thick smoke. You can’t escape this kind of problem, we have to face it. We are not finding excuses,” Brazil’s Robinho was quoted as saying.
“[My] eyes hurt, and were in swelling pain, just like they were burning,” fellow player Diego Tardelli Martins said.
The training was stopped at least three times yesterday afternoon, because players felt too uncomfortable to continue, the report said.