China is to send a plane to Mexico to bring back some of its stranded tourists, Xinhua news agency reported Saturday, after a man was detected as the first confirmed case known as swine flu in Asia.

A 25-year-lod Mexican man was tested positive for A (H1N1) flu in Hong Kong on Thursday after arriving there from Shanghai, where he had transferred from a flight from Mexico.

China took measures to suspend flights from Mexico that left Chinese citizens stranded who had been due to head back to Shanghai Saturday on an AeroMexico flight.

China is to send an A340-600 plane on Saturday…to Mexico to bring back China's stranded tourists, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

China is now tracking down all passengers who were on the flight from Mexico to Shanghai and is to put everyone under a seven-day quarantine, the health ministry said Saturday.

The Mexican government has meanwhile raised its confirmed toll to 16 dead and 381 people infected and the country is in a five-day shutdown until Tuesday to halt the virus's spread.

South Korea also announced Saturday its first case of swine flu, bring to two the number of confirmed infections in Asia.