The Milimani Law Courts shall remain closed for fourteen days. This is after a confirmed Coronavirus case was reported by one of the staff members.
The statement was given by Chief Justice David Maraga. He also divulged information stating that the staff member had come in contact with other staff.
The statement released to the public read,
“The leadership of the Judiciary has, in consultation with the administration of Milimani Law Courts as well as the Ministry of Health, taking the necessary steps to suspend physical court operations.”
“This will enable all the staff members at Milimani Court to self-quarantine and thereafter get tested before a resumption of physical operations,”
“Respective Heads of Divisions and Courts will issue directions on the handling of matters that will be affected by the closure,” Maraga added.
Essential and urgent cases will be heard on the courts’ online platform. The online platform has been used before when the country first went on lockdown and has been working sufficiently.
The closure of the courts comes as the country has just hit over 19,000 confirmed cases of Corona Virus with 12 confirmed deaths in the last 24 hrs. The total number of deaths now stands at three hundred and eleven.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has given a warning to young men and women who feel that the disease is not fatal to them. He says that the long-term effects of Covid 19 are unknown and might prove chronic.
During the last week, some staff members have experienced symptoms similar to those of Covid-19. When the confirmed case was announced, it sparked some panic along the corridors of justice.
An unnamed source said that after the staffer at Milimani’s family division court, tested positive, judges called an emergency meeting where the decision was reached.
The judges then resolved to conduct mass testing and the courts to be closed for two weeks.