BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest updates on the COVID-19 global confirmed cases in hardest-hit countries by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University at 1000 GMT, March 28.
Country: Confirmed Cases
South Korea: 9,478
Medical workers prepare traditional Chinese medicine at a hospital in Zigui County of Yichang, central China's Hubei Province, March 27, 2020. (Photo by Wang Jiaman/Xinhua)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian government announced on Friday a 40-billion-real (8-billion-U.S.-dollar) financial aid for small and medium-sized companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A staff member disinfects the ground at the Clinicas Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 24, 2020. (Photo by Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua)
LOME -- Togo, which has registered 25 COVID-19 cases, reported its first case of death caused by the contagious disease on Friday night. The patient returned from Belgium on March 17 and had respiratory symptoms, said a statement published on the government's official website.
People walk at Lome University hospital, where the country's first COVID-19 case is treated, in Lome, Togo, March 7, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Jiuyang)
HELSINKI -- Finland has locked down the southern province of Uusimaa, including the capital area, to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Finnish parliament on late Friday accepted the government's plan of the lockdown, which began at midnight (2200 GMT) and will last until April 19.
Police officers and a road worker prepare for the blockade on a road in Hyvinkaa, on the northern edge of the Uusimaa region in Finland, March 27, 2020. (Photo by Matti Matikainen/Xinhua)