Latest on the Swine Flu outbreak for April 29th.

++Latest death tally:
159 persons
Possible cases:

++ The World Health Organization or WHO said that the number of deaths worldwide confirmed to be connected to swine flu rose to 79 worldwide… WHO called on nations to be ready for the worst, and to be ready to face a pandemic, even though it might be not be a severe one. WHO said the pandemic alert level in Mexico remained at Phase 4, on a scale of 1 to 6, because of the fly outbreak. More than 150 people are believed to have been killed by the flu in Mexico.

++ Spain confirmed a second case of swine flu… In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said a total of 68 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in five states, a figure that did not include an other four cases reported in two states.

++ President Barack Obama called on the U.S. Congress to allot 1.5 billion dollars to help the nation respond to the swine flu outbreak.

++ Canada recommended its citizens not to suspend non-essential travel to Mexico… Six cases of swine flu have been detected in Canada.

++ Cuba and Argentina suspended flights to and from Mexico.

++ President Felipe Calderón met with the National Security Council to evaluate the situation created by the swine flu epidemic.

++ The Finance Secretariat authorized an “extraordinary and urgent” fund to investigate the swine flu virus… A figure for the fund was not given.

++ All restaurants in Mexico City were shuttered for sit-down service… Only take-out will be permitted until May 5… This includes small mom and pop restaurants, the so-called “cocinas económicas,” and fondas.

++ Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said the number of cases of swine flu in the Mexican capital has been diminishing since Saturday.