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Navajo Nation reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths

March 3, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 16 new COVID-19 cases with 14 additional deaths.

The latest figures from tribal health officials bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 29,774 cases since the pandemic began. The death toll now is 1,184.

Health facilities on the reservation and in border towns are conducting drive-thru vaccine events or administering doses by appointment. The Navajo-area Indian Health Service has vaccinated more than 135,000 people so far.

A daily curfew from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. and a mask mandate remain in effect for residents of the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Tribal health officials said more than 16,000 people have recovered from COVID-19.