Kenya: Mombasa Law Courts Reopens After Virus Shutdown

The Mombasa Law Courts reopened Thursday after a two-week closure over Covid-19 outbreak at the premises.

At least 11 Judiciary staff members were found to be Covid-19 positive last month.

Head of the Station Edna Nyaloti confirmed that the building was reopened after no additional cases were reported.

"Everybody is back to work, we reopened after every one was retested and confirmed to be Covid-19 negative," the magistrate said.

Those who had tested positive for the virus are said to have recovered from the disease.

The magistrate added that all the 118 people who were advised to self-quarantine after coming into contact with the 11 positive cases have also reported back to work.

"All are fine and back to work. They all tested negative," Ms Nyaloti said.

Ms Nyaloti added that those attending court sessions must adhere to Covid-19 containment guidelines to curb the spread of the virus.

A tent has been installed outside the court where urgent cases are being heard.

Last month, Chief Justice David Maraga ordered closure of the court after several judicial officers contracted the virus.

Activities at the courts were scaled down and only one judge was present to handle urgent matters three days a week.

Handling of such matters was also scaled down to three days of every week.

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