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Liberia / COVID-19
Population 3,476,608
Total Confirmed 5594
Active 5349
Total deaths 245
Total recovered 0
Death rate 4.38 %

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Liberia ( (listen)), officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African shore. Sierra Leone to its northwest, Guinea to its north, Ivory Coast to its east, and the Atlantic Ocean to its south-southwest borders it. It covers an area of 111,369 square kilometres (43,000 sq mi) and has a population of around 4,900,000. Over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous ethnic groups who make up more than 95% of the population, although english is the official language. The capital and largest city of the country is Monrovia. Liberia started as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), who thought black people would face better opportunities for freedom and prosperity in Africa than in america. The country declared its independence on July 26, 1847. The U.S. failed to recognize Liberia's independence until February 5, 1862, during the American Civil War. Between January 7, 1822, and the American Civil War, over 15,000 freed and free-born black people who confronted legislated limits in the U.S., and 3,198 Afro-Caribbeans, relocated into the settlement. The settlers carried tradition and their culture with them. The Liberian flag and constitution were modeled after those of the U.S. On January 3, 1848, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a wealthy, free-born African American from Virginia who settled in Liberia, was elected Liberia's first president after the people proclaimed independence.Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence, and is Africa's first and earliest modern republic. It preserved its independence during the Scramble for Africa. During World War II, Liberia supported the United States war efforts against Germany and subsequently, the U.S. invested in considerable infrastructure in Liberia to help its war effort, which also helped the country in modernizing and improving its important air transportation facilities. Additionally, economic changes encouraged. Liberia was a member of the League of Nations, United Nations, and the Organisation of African Unity. The Americo-Liberian settlers didn't relate well to the indigenous peoples they encountered, particularly those in communities of the more isolated"bush". The colonial settlements were raided by the Kru and Grebo in their chiefdoms that were inland. Americo-Liberians developed as a small elite which indigenous tribesmen, and held on to power were excluded from birthright citizenship in their own territory until 1904, in an echo of the United States' treatment of Native Americans. Americo-Liberians promoted organizations to establish schools and assignments to educate the indigenous peoples. In 1980 political tensions from the rule of William R. Tolbert resulted in a military coup during which Tolbert was killed, marking the beginning of years-long political instability. The First and Second Liberian Civil Wars followed five Decades of military rule by the People's Redemption Council and five years of rule by the National Democratic Party of Liberia. These caused the deaths of 250,000 people (about 8 percent of the population) and the displacement of many more, and shrank Liberia's economy by 90%. A peace agreement in 2003 led to elections in 2005, where Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President, making history. With 83 percent of the population living below the poverty line infrastructure and social services were affected by the conflicts.

Source: Wikipedia