JSC Closes Courts As Coronavirus Infections Spike

By Pavel Mwaoseni
Following a spike in Covid-19 infections in the country the past two weeks, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has been forced to temporarily close its head office and some of its court houses around the country.

In the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) announced that it recorded 4 031 new infections and this follows the detection of the Omicron variant in the country.

JSC Head of Corporate Affairs Constance Rudo Makoni-Thodhlana released a statement Wednesday announcing the measures the entity has decided to put in place to curb the proliferation of infections in its court houses.

“The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) announces the temporary closure of the following offices and court houses due to confirmation of COVID-19 cases: The Head Office in Harare…Harare Civil and Criminal (Rotten Row) Courts; Tredgold Court in Bulawayo; Gweru Criminal; Gwanda Civil and Criminal Courts; Plumtree; Mutawatawa; Shurugwi; Chitungwiza; Goromonzi; Norton; Rusape; Chegutu; Inyathi; Kadoma; Mbare; and Mutare Civil and Criminal Courts,” reads the statement.

She said the temporary closure is with immediate effect until Thursday December 9, 2021 “to allow for disinfection of premises, testing, contact tracing and adherence to all COVID-19 protocols to contain the continued spread of the virus”.

“Business will resume on Friday, the 10th of December 2021. All matters set down for Wednesday, 8 December 2021 are automatically rolled over to Friday, 10 December 2021 while those set down for Thursday, 9 December 2021 are automatically rolled over to Monday, 13 December 2021. We kindly ask members of the public to bear with us,” she said.

Yesterday Cabinet announced that government would introduce vaccination sites at the main intra and inter-city bus termini for the administration of doses for those willing to use public transport.

The public was also warned that there shall come a time when unvaccinated individuals would not be allowed to board public transport.

Currently, 3 896 589 people have received their first dose while 2 910 953 have been fully vaccinated.

A total of 4 718 have succumbed to the virus while the country’s recovery rate is at 89 percent. Nhau/Indaba

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