Mexico Shuts Down over Swine Flue Spread

World | May 1, 2009, Friday // 10:23
Mexico Shuts Down over Swine Flue Spread: Mexico Shuts Down over Swine Flue Spread Mexican officials say the spread of the virus is slowing, but international experts are still cautious. Photo by BGNES

Mexico has announced a five-day shutdown of parts of its economy in attempt to slow the spread of swine flu.

Non-essential government services will be suspended, while businesses such as cinemas and restaurants will be closed, the BBC reported. Some factories will stop production and schools are already closed. Residents have been urged to stay at home.

Mexican officials say the spread of the virus is slowing, but international experts are still cautious.Globally, cases of swine flu have now been confirmed in 12 countries across three continents.

The World Health Organization has set its pandemic alert level at five but says it has no immediate plans to move to the highest level of six.

 

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