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Barbados / COVID-19
Population 286,705
Total Confirmed 4017
Active 48
Total deaths 47
Total recovered 3922
Death rate 1.17 %

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Barbados ( (listen) or ) is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America.

It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It's in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 13°N of the equator. It's about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the states of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 180 km (110 mi) south-west of Martinique and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown. Inhabited by Kalinago people since the 13th century, and before that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appeared on a Spanish map in 1511. The Portuguese Empire claimed the island between 1532 and 1536, but later abandoned it in 1620 with their only remnants being an introduction of wild boars for a good source of meat whenever the island was visited, and to replenish their supply of freshwater. An English boat, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados on 14 May 1625; its men took possession of it in the title of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it turned into an English and later British colony. As a wealthy sugar colony, it became an English centre of the African slave trade until that trade was outlawed by the Slave Trade Act 1807, with final emancipation of slaves in Barbados happening over a period of years after the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as its queen, although the country is set to remove her as its head of state and become a republic by 30 November 2021. It has a population of 287,010 individuals, predominantly of African Americans. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is regarded as a part of the Caribbean, where it's ranked as a major tourist destination. Of the tourists, 40% come from the UK, with the US and Canada making up the next large groups of visitors to the island.

Source: Wikipedia