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Navajo Nation reports 175 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 175 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths.

The latest figures released Saturday evening increased the tribe’s totals since the pandemic began to 24,979 cases and 869 known deaths.

Health officials said more than 215,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and nearly 13,000 have recovered.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The Navajo Nation started a weekend lockdown Friday night that extends until 5 a.m. on Monday.

All Navajo Nation residents are required to stay at home unless they are essential workers or have an emergency.

The weekend lockdowns extend through Jan. 25.

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