MEXICO CITY, April 29 (Reuters) - The Mexican government called on Wednesday for non-essential parts of the economy to shut down between May 1-5 to help combat the swine flu outbreak.
Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova urged "the suspension of non-essential work and services," to avoid people gathering and spreading swine flu which has killed up to 159 people in Mexico.
Government ministers said food, medical, financial and transportation sectors would be among those not affected but did not make clear which parts of the economy should close down.
Although the shutdown will last for five days, the period includes a weekend and the May 1 public holiday.
(Reporting by Alistair Bell, Editing by Sandra Maler)