Dow Jones Newswire
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
BUENOS AIRES -(Dow Jones)- Argentina’s private-sector banks will shut down Friday as part of a nationwide effort to contain the spread of the A/H1N1 swine flu, local press reported.
The banks’ decision coincides with Friday’s special holiday for all government workers, which was declared by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
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Friday’s holiday rolls on from Thursday’s Independence Day holiday, and authorities believe people will use the long weekend as an excuse to stay home and therefore help slow the spread of the virus.
The Argentine Health Ministry on Sunday reported that the official death toll in Argentina from swine flu has reached 60, and there are a total of 2,485 officially confirmed cases.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm