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Covid-19 compels closure of courts


By Auther Chimbgwa

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has directed the temporary closure of a number of courts across the country for Wednesday and Thursday this week owing to the confirmation of Covid-19 cases within the cited institutions.

In a statement, JSC said the closure would allow for the disinfection of premises, testing, contact tracing and adherence to all Covid-19 protocols to contain the spread of the virus.

Among the Courts closed are the Head Office in Harare are Tredgegold 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.

“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,” the JSC said in a statement.

Covid-19 cases have been on an upward trajectory for the past few days.

On Tuesday, Covid-19 cases surged to a record 4 031, up from 2 555 the previous day.


Deaths, however, remained at a lowly five.

This is according to a Covid-19 update released Tuesday by the health ministry.

The figure remains the highest since the first case of the pandemic was confirmed early last year.

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