Mexico raises number of swine flu cases to 312

May 1st, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, May 1 (DPA) Mexican authorities late Thursday revised the number of confirmed infections with the new variant of influenza A(H1N1), better known as swine flu, to 312 from 91 on Wednesday night.
Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos said the number of confirmed swine flu deaths remained at 12, but could not rule out that there were further cases among the total 159 influenza fatalities.

Further tests, to be conducted in the coming days, are expected to clarify whether that was the case, he added.

In an attempt to prevent further spread of the infection, Mexico’s government effectively ordered a five-day shutdown, suspending non-essential government business and also cancelling all official events during the May Day weekend.

President Felipe Calderon urged all Mexicans to stay at home until Tuesday. In Mexico City, all restaurants and bars were ordered closed. Shops, supermarkets and pharmacies were to remain open.

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