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Navajo Infections Surge As Trump Prepares To Visit Southwest

Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP

U.S. health officials say coronavirus infections are beginning a renewed surge on the Navajo Nation and bordering areas that may peak in mid-May.

In a press briefing Thursday, officials with Indian Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the challenges of containing the virus on remote stretches of the vast indigenous nation that overlaps portions of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The surge comes as President Trump announced that the federal government will not be extending its coronavirus social distancing guidelines and plans a visit to Arizona next week.

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