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Residents Told to Stay Inside Again, Smog Covers Beijing

Beijing warned the city’s 20 million people to prepare for at least another day of smog, and officials closed some factories and ordered government cars off the road as pollution remained at hazardous levels.

Visibility was reduced to a few hundred yards in downtown Beijing and an online merchant reported “overwhelming” interest in face masks yesterday. A U.S. Embassy pollution monitor showed that air quality reached hazardous levels for the 19th in 25 days.