- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 7, 2021

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 16 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

The latest figures bring the pandemic totals on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, increased to 30,198 cases. The known death toll remained at 1,259.

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 B.1.429 variant on the Navajo Nation, which came from a test sample obtained in the Chinle Service Unit area.

The variant was first identified in the state of California and has since been detected across the southwest U.S.

“Do not let your guard up. Keep taking all precautions to protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19,” Nez said in a statement.

In all, nearly 16,500 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered from COVID-19.

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