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"While air pollution may conjure images of traffic jams and exhaust fumes, transport is only one part of the story and the new strategy sets out the important role all of us - across all sectors of work and society - can play in reducing emissions and cleaning up our air to protect our health".

"We must take strong, urgent action", environment minister Michael Gove said in a statement.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) should warn people on an hourly basis about air pollution, especially to protect vulnerable groups such as elderly people, children and sick people, and also adjust the country's PM2.5 safety standards to align with that of the WHO, Rungsrit said.

Readings taken by 10 air quality stations around Bangkok showed PM2.5 levels in the city ranged between 70 and 100 µg/m³, the Bangkok Post reported.

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On Friday her family was given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a fresh inquest, after their lawyers said the original held in 2014 did not investigate the potential impact of air pollution.

"Our PM figure is high but it is not a crisis yet", he said.

"People should not just wear facemasks when they go outside during periods of bad air quality, but they should also create their own safe zones at their home and their workplace by installing air purifiers to clean the air indoor", he noted.

"It is devastating for the family and we should all use this example as a reminder of why to support clean air - because clean air saves lives". "The pollution issues are more and more frequent in Bangkok".

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In recent weeks, municipal workers have sprayed water on the roads and into the air in Bangkok to help clear the smog.

It also forecast harmful levels of pollution in Bangkok every morning for the rest of the week because there was little wind.

The strategy, which also looks to tackle home, farming and industrial pollutants, commits Britain to halving the number of people who live in areas breaching World Health Organization guidelines on pollution as poor air quality in British cities comes under scrutiny. "Thais don't have lungs of steel, so we need to consider the environment and people's health before we pursue economic growth". Long exposure can cause respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, he said.

The British government said its ambitious new Clean Air Strategy will clean up the air and save lives.

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