Chief Justice David Maraga has suspended all physical sessions at the Meru Law Courts for two weeks from Monday, 23rd November, after several staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement issued in Nairobi on Sunday, 22nd November, CJ Maraga said that any urgent matters would be handled virtually.
“To minimise the spread of the pandemic, protect public health as well as the health of members of staff, court users and justice sector partners and after consultations with key stakeholders and public officials, it has been decided that all in-person court operations in Meru Law Courts are hereby suspended for 14 days,” he announced.
“The presiding judge will issue further directions on the resumption of regular court operations after the necessary testing of members of staff and upon the advice of Meru County Public Health Officials.”
This comes as the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to escalate on a daily basis.
On Saturday, 21st November, the Ministry of Health announced 1,211 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s caseload to 76,404.
Among the 1,211 Covid-19 cases reported, Meru County registered 25 new cases.
The death toll rose to 1,366 after 17 more patients succumbed.