Justice ministry temporarily shuts down a Cairo courthouse after detection of coronavirus case

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 May 2020

The Minister of Justice Omar Marwan decided on Saturday to shut down a Nasr City courthouse in east Cairo for 14 days to sterilise the premises after a positive coronavirus case was detected inside the building

Scheduled sessions will be transferred to New Cairo courthouse in the Fifth Settlement, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

On Saturday, some of Egypt’s courthouses have partially resumed work following their suspension since mid-March as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The judicial division of Egypt’s State Council resumed its hearings on Saturday while implementing precautionary measures against the pandemic, Al-Ahram said.

On Sunday, Egypt’s criminal courts, Cairo's courts of appeals, family courts and misdemeanour cassation courts have partially resumed their work.

Egypt has suspended proceedings at all courts on 15 March to limit the large number of people who gather at courts nationwide. Other steps taken by the government to curb the spread of the virus include halting air traffic, shutting down mosques and churches, banning public gatherings, and suspending classes at universities and schools.

Egypt on Friday reported a record 495 new infections, up by more than 100 cases from the previous highest toll reported on Thursday.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the country has now hiked to 8,476, while the death toll stands at 503.

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