Omnicron racks havoc as Zimbabwe Closes Courts

HARARE-The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has shut down courts across the country due to the rise in Covid-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.

By Tracy Mazhura

In a statement, the JSC said the courts both the magistrates’ court and the superior courts were forced to close down temporary after some of its members tested positive for Covid-19 cases.

“The temporary closure taking place on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday 9th of December 2021is to allow for the disinfection of premises, testing, contact tracing, and adherence to all covid 19 protocols to contain the continued spread of the virus,” read part of the statement.

The commission said courts will resume sitting on Friday the 10th of December 2021 for lower courts while the superior courts will start to sit on Monday.

Among the courts that have been affected include, Harare civil and criminal (Rotten Row) courts, Tredgold court in Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mbare, Mutare, and Gwanda Civil and Criminal Courts.

The country has witnessed a rise in covid-19 cases in recent weeks with average daily infections now recording 4000 daily infections.

“All matters that were set down for today the 8th of December are automatically rolled over to Friday while those set down for Thursday,9 December are automatically rolled over to Monday 13 December 2021,” JSC announced in the statement.

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