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14th January, 2019

Air pollution kills thousands each year

An estimated 8,000-10,000 people die of air pollution in Hungary each year, the National Health Care Centre (NNK) reports, citing calculations by the World Health Organisation.

Poor air quality affects the respiratory system, the heart and vascular system, the immune system and the central nervous system, the NNK added.

Air quality remains especially poor in north-east Hungary, and is classified as dangerous in Putnok, unhealthy in Miskolc, Kazincbarcika and Sajószentpéter, and at critical levels in Eger, Oszlár, Nyíregyháza and Szolnok.

The NNK does not recommend staying outdoors for long in places with unhealthy or dangerous air quality.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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