- 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.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. However, many
believe the official numbers lag the actual rate of infection, and that
the real numbers are much higher.
- The Argentine Banking Association wasn't immediately
able to confirm the reports.