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Please read the section of the USCIS Policy Manual on the continuous residence requirement of naturalization. An absence of between 6 months and 1 year is presumed to interrupt continuous residence, but this can be overcome with strong evidence of ties to the US. Whether your wife has sufficient evidence to overcome this presumption is subjective and nobody can tell you what the officer will decide.

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I refer to my reply to a similar question in this forum. I reproduce it here. This applies to overstaying outside the U.S. during COVID times only.

Here is the quote from USCIS website to your question: USCIS Response to COVID-19 | USCIS
When you click on the heading "Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements for Naturalization", you can find this passage:
Even if due to unforeseen reasons, such as COVID-19-related travel restrictions, an absence from the United States for a continuous period of one year or more (365 days or more) during the period for which continuous residence is required will automatically break the continuity of residence (See INA 316(b)). This applies whether the absence takes place before or after you file your naturalization application.
So, it is implied that absence for less than one year due to COVID-19 restrictions will not automatically disqualify a person from applying for naturalization. 
I am not an attorney and this should not be construed as legal advice.
However, two of my friends, in similar situations, got approved for citizenship after submitting affidavits stating that they have not abandoned their residence here and that they have not taken up any employment outside the U.S.
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