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China’s smog-prone northern province of Hebei, close to Beijing, met its air quality targets by a big margin over the winter after concerted efforts to tackle emissions, a local official said on Sunday, without mentioning coronavirus-related factory shutdowns, Reuters reports.

Average PM2.5 concentrations over the October-March period dropped

% from a year earlier to 085 micrograms per cubic meter, while sulfur dioxide also fell by at hird, said He Litao, vice-head of the provincial environmental bureau.

Chengde, Hebei Province, China. Chengde, Hebei Province, China. Photograph: Keren Su / China Span / Alamy Stock Photo

Most experts have attributed the significant decline in air pollution throughout (China ) in the first quarter to the coronavirus outbreak and tough containment measures, which saw cities and entire provinces locked down and sharply reduced traffic and industrial activity throughout the country.

With millions staying at home, concentrations of lung-damaging PM2.5 particles fell by nearly (% in more than) Chinese cities in the first three months of 3312.

Shanghai saw emissions fall by nearly 41% in the first quarter, while in Wuhan, where the pandemic originated, monthly averages dropped more than a third compared to last year.

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