Mexico Lifting Flu Bans
05/05/2009 - 10:50 ||
Citizens of Mexico City are anxiously awaiting life to return to normal after health officials declared the worst to be over in the swine flu outbreak. President Felipe Calderon went on national television on Sunday evening to tell people that the national shutdown seemed to have been effective in curtailing the outbreak within the nation's borders. Although the shut down may have helped in terms of assuaging health concerns, it has dealt a blow to the local economy, especially in the capital city.
"They should open everything back up so we can work," Alberto Vazquez, 28, a resident of D.F. who washes cars for a living told Reuters, "These last days have been hard on us. If we don't work, we don't eat."
Mexican officials announced plans to reopen government offices and restaurants tomorrow, with museums, libraries and churches set to open on Thursday. Schools are still going to remain closed. Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova warned that school openings could "not happen just like that. There will have to be training, preparations for teachers and parents."
According to figures from the World Health Organization the number of confirmed swine flu cases worldwide stands at 1,117, with 26 deaths in Mexico.
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