Extraordinary powers invoked to combat epidemic

President Felipe Calderón declared a national emergency to combat the  H1N1 swine flu epidemic. The flu continues to spread, with at least 16 Mexican states  (see mapreporting cases. As of Sunday night, there were 103 confirmed deaths, and 1,614 persons hospitalizations, with about two-thirds released after treatment. Health authorities were given the power to enter homes to check for illness and to order quarantines. All public events in the capital were cancelled: two major soccer games and Sunday Mass were celebrated before television cameras. Schools are closed until May 6. (Special coverage sections:  Universal, Reforma

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