Europe is breathing a sigh of relief following news from the World Health Organisation on the deadly flu virus.
Though several countries have recorded cases of the H1N1 strain, the WHO says the bug will not be transmitted at the same levels as in the US and Mexico. Mexico, the worst hit nation, is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel after weeks of escalating fears over the deadly outbreak. On Wednesday, some businesses in the private and public sector will re-open, but schools, theatres and restaurants will remain closed. The crisis will deal a blow to the economy. It has been estimated that it will cost Mexico 2.3 billion dollars (1.7 billion euros.) Mexican President Felipe Calderon has announced plans to stimulate the economy: “I have already given instructions to members of the cabinet to design a series of measures to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on the economy. One of these will be to actively promote the image of our country so that tourists from all over the world will want to come and visit Mexico.” There has been a return to normality in the US too, with a New York school re-opening after several pupils contracted the bug. The WHO has announced a revised death toll from the virus – 30 people have been killed worldwide, the vast majority in Mexico.