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Navajo Nation reports 10 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

December 22, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the vast reservation in the U.S. Southwest and no additional deaths.

The figures released Tuesday pushed the total number of cases to 40,856 since the pandemic began. The death toll remained at 1,576.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez urged residents to get vaccinated and a booster shot if eligible to build a defense against variants of the virus, including omicron. Vaccines do not prevent people from getting coronavirus, but health officials say the shots are effective in reducing the risk of severe illness and death.

Omicron hasn’t been detected in swab samples on the Navajo Nation, the tribe said. The reservation covers 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.