Glastonbury Festival, FA Cup facing the axe over swine flu

April 30th, 2009 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.30 (ANI): Restrictions on major events are likely to wreck Britain’s summer line-up, including the FA Cup Final, Glastonbury Festival and stadium gigs from bands such as Oasis, U2 and Take That.

The first signs that swine flu could reach pandemic proportions crept in yesterday as flights to Mexico were cancelled at Britain’s airports.

It came as the number of confirmed cases in Britain rose to five and a baby girl in America became the first victim outside Mexico to die from the virus.

The World Health Organisation is poised to move the crisis from a stage four to a stage five - just one short of a full-blown global pandemic.

If it does reach stage six, it is likely emergency policies would kick in to put certain areas under quarantine, impose travel restrictions, close schools and ban public meetings.

It also emerged last night that an effective vaccine for the illness may not be available for four to five months as scientists rush to find a cure for the unusual strain.

But as worried Brits looked to Downing Street for an answer, the Government spent stacks of taxpayers’ cash on issuing millions of leaflets telling us about the virus.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said last night: “To keep the public informed, a mass public health campaign will begin tomorrow, with print, TV and radio adverts.

“The adverts will warn the public about swine flu and remind people to cover their noses and mouths with tissues and then throw them away.”

Insisting the Government had been preparing for this for five years, he added the message was to “catch it, bin it, kill it”. (ANI)

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