Mexico City is home to more than 20 million people, yet the streets are quiet as many of its inhabitants are staying at home as an outbreak of swine flu continues to spread.
Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said suspected swine flu cases in his country had risen to 1,614. Of the 103 deaths in Mexico, only 20 are so far confirmed to have been caused by the new virus.
Across the city blue surgical masks are being handed out.
Most people who take to the streets are choosing to wear them, including this police officer on patrol near the Fine Arts Palace .
Edda Sanchez waits to be admitted to the Iztapalapa General Hospital for flu symptoms. She has been sick for two weeks, and came to the hospital after receiving a news report about the swine flu on her mobile phone.
Many public buildings, including this school, have been closed and many people are choosing to stay indoors.
Journalists are briefed on the latest government plans to combat the new strain of swine flu. On Sunday, President Felipe Calderon appeared to go out of his way to reassure people. "Stay calm," he said in a televised address to the population.
Margaret Chan of the World Heath Organisation has said that "the current events constitute a public health emergency of international concern".
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