Mexico City partly returns to normal as flu cases fall

May 7th, 2009 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, May 7 (Xinhua) Authorities in the Mexican capital, the region worst hit by the deadly influenza A(H1N1), have reopened some public institutions as the number of flu-linked hospitalisations continued to fall.
“We now have to focus on ensuring that the daily activities we are restarting are followed with appropriate precautions,” Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon said at his daily press conference Wednesday.

Mexico City has been on high alert for nearly two weeks due to the flu virus that has killed 42 and infected 1,112 in the nation.

Citizens have been asked to wear face masks, wash their hands frequently, avoid public places and visit a doctor quickly if they experience any flu symptoms. Educational institutions, public facilities and businesses involving large numbers of people were ordered closed last week.

According to the World Health Organization, some 1,516 people across 22 countries have contracted the influenza A(H1N1), known as swine flu until the body requested a name change. The US is the second worst hit country with 403 confirmed cases and two deaths.

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