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Stay-at-home order lifted as Navajo Nation starts reopening

A rainbow is seen in the distance from the closed Chilchinbeto Church of the Nazarene in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation on April 21, 2020. The reservation has some of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country. If Navajos are susceptible to the virus' spread in part because they are so closely knit, that's also how many believe they will beat it. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has rescinded its stay-at-home order, but is encouraging residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities and errands. The order was rescinded Sunday, when 24 additional coronavirus cases and zero deaths were reported. The tribe reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Monday but zero deaths again. The numbers are a vast change from earlier this year, when the tribe had one of the highest per-capita rates of infection in the U.S. The tribe has started a gradual reopening. Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.