Madrid mayor to make solidarity visit to Mexico
Madrid's mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon was due to visit Mexico City on Saturday to show his support for the way the city has handled the swine flu outbreak.MADRID - Madrid's mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon was due to visit Mexico City on Saturday to show his support for the way the city has handled the swine flu outbreak.
The conservative mayor, who is also the president of the Union of Capital Cities of Ibero-America will stay in Mexico until Tuesday.
"Mexico is managing to handle a difficult hygiene crisis very well and as often in such cases, there are undesirable effects, such as the perception of a higher risk than is the case, resulting in an important drop in the number of visitors to Mexico from around the world," the mayor said on Thursday when he announced his travel plans.
Mexico is the epicentre of the swine flu outbreak which now affects 35 countries according to the World Health Organisation. As of Friday, Spain had 103 confirmed cases, none of them requiring hospitalisation, according to the health ministry.