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Niger / COVID-19
Population 17,129,076
Total Confirmed 5410
Active 135
Total deaths 192
Total recovered 5083
Death rate 3.55 %

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Niger or the Niger ( or; French: [niʒɛʁ]), officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked Nation in West Africa named after the Niger River.

Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Mali to the northwest, Burkina Faso to the southwest, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), which makes it the largest country in West Africa. Over 80 percent of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Muslim population of about 22 million reside mostly in clusters in the far south and west of the nation. The capital and largest city is Niamey, located in Niger's southwest corner. Niger is a developing nation, which always ranks near the bottom in the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked 187th of 188 countries for 2015 and 189th out of 189 countries in the 2018 and 2019 reports. Lots of the non-desert portions of the nation are threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence, with some export agriculture in the richer south, and export of raw materials, particularly uranium ore. Niger faces serious challenges to development due to its landlocked position, desert terrain, inefficient agriculture, high fertility rates without birth control, and the resulting overpopulation, the poor educational level and poverty of its people, lack of infrastructure, inadequate healthcare, and environmental degradation. Nigerien society reflects a diversity drawn from the long independent histories of its several ethnic groups and areas and their comparatively short period living in one state. Historically, what is now Niger has been on the fringes of several large states. Since independence, Nigeriens have lived under five constitutions and three periods of military rule. Following the military coup in 2010, Niger became a democratic, multi-party state. A majority of the populace resides in rural areas and has little access to advanced instruction.

Source: Wikipedia