Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga, on Friday, suspended all activities in open courts in Mombasa until further notice after eleven members tested positive for Corona Virus.
The eleven were part of the 117 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 24 hours in Kenya bringing the total number of infections to 4,374, the death toll rising to 119 and recoveries to 1,550 as announced by Chief Administrative Secretary Aman Rashid on Friday.
The staff affected comprised Judicial officers and staff registry. The Chief Justice said that their primary contact within the courts totalling 118 officers, have been identified and must now go into self-quarantine with immediate effect as directed by the Ministry of Health.
He further said that the affected courts included the Main Court Building, the City Court and Tononoka Children’s Court. He, however, assured the court users that the Judiciary would try as much as possible to conduct online and virtual services.
The Mombasa law courts suspension comes barely a week after the courts reopened following their closure in March to combat the spread of Covid-19.