Jan. 9 (UPI) — The US reported 300,594 new circumstances and three,895 new coronavirus deaths Friday, and Navajo Nation officers have positioned the reservation below a weekend lockdown.

Friday’s variety of new circumstances surpassed a report of 297,000, set final week, and represents a 40% improve from two weeks in the past.

The variety of deaths Friday is down barely from Thursday’s report of 4,085, however is up 29% from 14 days in the past, in line with The New York Occasions.

As of Friday, 370,119 folks in the USA have died from the novel coronavirus and the USA has logged 21.9 million circumstances, in line with Johns Hopkins College’s coronavirus tracker.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Saturday that well being officers have reported three circumstances of a COVID-19 variant first recognized in Britain final month — two in Saratoga County and one in Nassau County.

At the very least 63 circumstances of the variant have been recognized in eight U.S. states, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

The variant seems to be extra contagious, however not essentially extra lethal or extra extreme, and a research printed this week suggests the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine could also be efficient in opposition to variants of the virus.

In keeping with a New York Occasions evaluation, 151,000 folks in the USA have been totally vaccinated — that’s, they’ve acquired each doses of one of many accepted vaccines — in opposition to COVID-19.

The Navajo Nation started a 57-hour weekend lockdown Friday amid a rising variety of circumstances on the most important Native American reservation in the USA.

Beneath an emergency order from the Navajo Division of Well being, which went into impact at eight p.m. Friday and can proceed till 5 a.m. Monday, all Navajo Nation residents should stay at house except important staff and circumstances of emergencies.

“We’ve got far too many individuals contracting COVID-19 and we’re shedding lots of our folks,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez mentioned. “As president, I’m disheartened, and at occasions overwhelmed with grieving households and listening to of the lack of neighborhood members and I am sure lots of you might be as nicely.

“I thank nearly all of our folks for adhering to the general public well being emergency orders, however all of us should do extra to carry one another accountable. Too many are nonetheless placing themselves and others at pointless dangers. Authorities and public security can solely do a lot with restricted assets, so please do your half and keep house as a lot as potential,”

The Navajo Division of Well being reported 237 new COVID-19 circumstances and 22 deaths within the Navajo Nation on Friday.

These numbers deliver the entire variety of deaths on the reservation to 866 and the entire variety of optimistic circumstances to 24,776 — 12,680 of whom have recovered.