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Navajo to extend weekend lockdown because of new virus cases

Image of the flag of the Navao Nation (Photo credit: Getty Images)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is implementing a stricter weekend lockdown as it looks into new clusters of coronavirus cases.

Residents of the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah will be required to stay home from Friday evening until early Monday morning.  A previous lockdown was a day shorter.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez says the tribe is investigating new cases that resulted from family gatherings around Ganado, Arizona, and on the eastern side of the reservation in New Mexico.

A new public health order with the extended lockdown is expected Tuesday.