Agence France-Presse
Mexico City, May 19, 2009

Last Updated: 09:14 IST(19/5/2009)
Mexico’s swine flu death toll rose by two to 70, health authorities said Monday, while the number of cases reached 59 in Panama and cases in Peru and Chile rose to three and five respectively.

In Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak, there were 3,576 confirmed infections on Monday, the health minister said, noting that the A(H1N1) virus was on the wane.

Only six of the deceased had developed symptoms of the virus after April 23, Jose Angel Cordova said, while authorities focused on prevention in specific areas where new cases had been reported.

In Panama, authorities said they were confident that their 59 cases were under control.

“Up to now no patients have been hospitalized,” the ministry said, adding that they are quarantined at their homes and are being attended by health ministry personnel.

Most of the victims live in Panama City, the ministry said. It also said that all schools that had been temporarily closed due to the flu were re-opening.

In Chile, three new cases of swine flu were detected, raising the total number of people found carrying the virus to five.