New laboratory data shows fewer people have died from the deadly new flu virus than first thought. Mexico has cut its suspected death toll from the H1N1 virus from 176 to 101.
It is thought this could be the result of measures taken to control the spread of the infection. Nonetheless authorities say it is too early for celebration and are treating the results with caution. Mexican Health Minister, Jose Angel Cordova: “Typically, epidemics have a first peak and then a second, while some have a third. So we need to wait more days to understand what its behaviour is and to see if there really is a sustained drop.” Yesterday, China suspended flights to Mexico after a Mexican man who travelled to the mainland was infected. The hotel where the 25-year old stayed in Hong Kong has been sealed off with the approximately 200 guests and 100 staff isolated inside for one week. Seventeen countries worldwide have confirmed cases of the virus, 9 of those are in Europe.