A 56-hour curfew was in effect this weekend “due to the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 in 29 communities on the Navajo Nation,” Jonathan Nez, the Navajo president, said in a statement released on Sunday.That spread is “largely due to travel off the Navajo Nation and family gatherings,” the statement said. – Advertisement – The Navajo Nation, under a weekend lockdown, is averaging more than 100 new daily cases for the first time since early June.The nation, which stretches across much of northeastern Arizona and into parts of Utah and New Mexico, reported 124 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Saturday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Apache County, whose population is about three-quarters Native American, turnout increased by 27 percent since the 2016 election, with over 98 percent of votes reported on Sunday evening. The nation has recorded 12,571 total cases and 593 deaths from the virus, according to the Navajo Department of Health. In addition to the strict weekend lockdown, a weekday curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.- Advertisement – “The numbers are not looking good for us here on the Navajo Nation and across the country,” Mr. Nez said in the statement.The curfews come after extensive restrictions this summer, when roads were closed to outside visitors, and restaurants — including even some fast food drive-throughs — were shut down.Despite the spike — cases began increasing at the end of September — voter turnout increased significantly this year compared with 2016 in the Arizona counties that overlap the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands.
Demba Ba has criticised Arsenal for their stance on Ozil’s comments (Getty Images)‘The content published is Ozil’s personal opinion.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Demba Ba, who is also a practising Muslim and has had two spells in the Chinese Super League, has criticised Arsenal for their stance.‘Not surprised,’ Ba posted on Twitter. ‘Arsenal just keep distancing themselves from the best in general.’China’s state broadcaster CCTV has now removed Sunday’s Arsenal vs Manchester City Premier League match from its schedule after Ozil’s comments.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba hits out at Arsenal over Mesut Ozil treatment Comment A supporter of China’s Muslim Uighur minority thanks Mesut Ozil (Getty Images) Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 1:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Mesut Ozil has publicly shown his support for Uighur Muslims in China (BPI/REX)Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has criticised Arsenal for distancing themselves from Mesut Ozil’s comments about Uighur Muslims in China.In his post on Instagram, Ozil described Uighurs as ‘warriors who resist persecution’ following reports that China has detained at least one million people, mainly Muslims and other minorities, over several years in what have now been exposed as detention camps.But Arsenal moved to distance the club from Ozil’s viewpoint.‘Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement,’ the club posted on Chinese social media site Weibo.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement