posted on May, 2 2009 @ 04:13 AM
In Mexico a nationwide five-day shutdown of non-essential businesses and services has begun in a bid to halt the spread of the swine flu.
While Mexico's authorities are reporting that the rate of infection is now slowing, government offices, factories and shops are obeying a
presidential decree to close.
Mexican officials fear that by shutting down businesses and scaring tourists away, the disease will deal a crushing blow to the country’s already
Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said recent improvements to the nation’s flu surveillance system led officials to notice the swine flu outbreak,
when just a few years ago it would have been lost among the sea of routine sicknesses
The World Bank has set aside $25m for Mexico in immediate aid to buy medicine to battle the swine flu. It also has the cushion of a $47 billion
precautionary line of credit with the IMF.
The Inter-American Development Bank will lend the country $3 billion to combat the flu and the economic crisis.
One estimate suggests that, as a result, the city’s retail and service industries are losing at least $55m a day.
[edit on 2-5-2009 by meaguire]