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Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 related deaths for 5th day in row

August 6, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 43 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fifth consecutive day.

The latest numbers released by tribal health officials pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,529 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll remains at 1,377.

The Navajo Nation reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

“The numbers of COVID-19 cases are rising across the country due to the delta variant and we are seeing a gradual increase here on the Navajo Nation as well,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Thursday. “We have to get more of our people fully vaccinated. The data shows that the large majority of those who are getting the virus are those who are not vaccinated.”