Mexico City lifts restrictions; Flu data show stabilization

flu-toll-0506amThe Mexico City government will allow nightclubs, movie theaters, and gyms to reopen. The restrictions on restaurants that had forced them to double the distance between tables have also been lifted, although precautionary measures, such as the requirement that waiters wear face masks, remain in place. (Reforma 5/7)

The large number of completed lab tests provide additional evidence that the H1N1 outbreak is less virulent and widespread than originally feared. Only about one-third of the tests of those suspected of having the virus are coming back positive for H1N1. The official death toll has, however, risen to 42, with 37 deaths in April and  in May to date. President Calderón warned that “Now is not the time to declare victory and say it’s over. … We cannot say that it is under control, that we are not going to have more cases.” (Reforma 5/6, Excelsior 5/7)

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