March 8, 2014
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico has raised its confirmed swine flu death toll from 15 to 16 and says the total number of confirmed cases of the virus had risen to 397.
National Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova announced the new numbers late Friday. He insisted measures taken by the government to prevent large public gatherings are having an impact in controlling the outbreak.
Cordova spoke as Mexico City's streets, normally filled on Labor Day with throngs of celebrating workers, were eerily quiet as Mexicans began a forced five-day holiday to curb the spread of swine flu.