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Navajo Nation reports 237 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths

January 9, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Friday reported 237 new coronavirus cases and 22 more deaths.

The latest figures increased the tribe’s totals since the pandemic began to 24,776 cases and 866 known deaths. Reports of some of the new deaths were delayed.

Health officials said more than 213,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 on the reservation and more than 12,600 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.

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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.