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Bahrain / COVID-19
Population 1,234,571
Total Confirmed 627327
Active 625834
Total deaths 1493
Total recovered 0
Death rate 0.24 %


Bahrain ( (listen); Arabic: البحرين‎ al-Baḥrayn Arabic pronunciation: [al baħrajn] (listen)), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرين‎ Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn), is a sovereign state in the Persian Gulf. The island nation comprises a small archipelago made up of 40 natural islands and an additional 51 artificial islands, centered around Bahrain Island which makes up around 83 percent of the nation's landmass. The country is situated between the Qatari peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, where it is connected by the 25-kilometre (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway. In accordance with the 2010 census, Bahrain's population is over 1.2 million, of which around half are non-nationals. At 780 square kilometres (300 sq mi) in size, it's the third-smallest nation in Asia following the Maldives and Singapore. The capital and largest city is Manama. Bahrain is the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization. It's been famed since antiquity for its pearl fisheries, which have been regarded as the best in the world into the 19th century. Bahrain was among the earliest areas to convert to Islam, during the life of the Prophet Muhammad in 628 CE. After a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was ruled by the Portuguese Empire from 1521 until 1602, after the conquest by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty under the Persian Empire. In 1783, the Bani Utbah clan captured Bahrain from Nasr Al-Madhkur and it has since been ruled by the Al Khalifa royal household, with Ahmed al Fateh as Bahrain's first hakim. In the late 1800s, after successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. In 1971, it declared independence. Previously an emirate, Bahrain was declared an Islamic constitutional monarchy in 2002. In 2011, the country experienced protests inspired by the regional Arab Spring. Bahrain's judgment al-Khalifa royal family was accused and criticized for human rights abuses such as imprisonment, torture and execution of dissidents, political opposition figures and its majority Shia Muslim population.Bahrain developed the first post-oil market in the Persian Gulf, the result of decades of investing in the tourism and banking sectors; many of the world's largest financial institutions have a presence in the nation's capital. It subsequently has a high Human Development Index and is recognized by the World Bank as a high-income market. Bahrain is a member of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Source: Wikipedia