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Maldives / COVID-19
Population 328,536
Total Confirmed 81301
Active 81075
Total deaths 226
Total recovered 0
Death rate 0.28 %

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<p>The Maldives (, US: (listen); Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raajje), officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small island Country in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. </p>It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. 26 atolls' chain stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north. Comprising a land spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the tiniest Asian state by land area and population, with around 515,696 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated town, traditionally referred to as the"King's Island" where the early royal dynasties ruled for its central location.The Maldives archipelago is located on the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean; this also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the world's lowest-lying country, with even its greatest natural point being one of the lowest in the world, in 5.1 metres (17 feet ).In the 12th century Islam attained the Maldivian archipelago, which was merged as a sultanate, creating strong cultural and commercial ties with Asia and Africa. The area came under the influence of European powers. Independence from the United Kingdom arrived in 1965, and a republic was established in 1968 with an elected People's Majlis. The ensuing decades have seen political instability, attempts at democratic reform, and environmental challenges posed by climate change.The Maldives became a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper-middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the tourism market that is fast growing. The Maldives rate"high" on the Human Development Index, with per-capita income significantly greater than other SAARC nations.The Maldives was a member of the Commonwealth from July 1982 until withdrawing from the organisation in October 2016 in protest at allegations from the other nations of its human-rights abuses and failing democracy. The Maldives rejoined the Commonwealth on 1 February 2020 after showing evidence of functioning procedures and popular support.

Source: Wikipedia