Iranian women wear face masks at a bus stop in Tehran as winter's heavy pollution has hit new highs in the capital, on December 17, 2017. / AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Iran shut primary schools in the capital and other parts of the country Sunday due to choking levels of air pollution.Airborne concentration of fine particles (PM2.5) hit 185 microgrammes per cubic metre in the south of Tehran and 174 in its centre on Sunday morning, local authorities said.In 2014, almost 400 people were hospitalised with heart and respiratory problems caused by pollution in Tehran.The health ministry estimated that pollution in 2012 contributed to the premature deaths of 4,500 people in Tehran and about 80,000 across the country.
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