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[COVID-19] 32 from Delhi High Court, 315 from district courts test positive in two months

COVID-19 testing camps were organized in the Delhi High Court premises on two occasions.

Aditi Singh

Pursuant to COVID-19 testing camps organized in the Delhi High Court premises, till yesterday, as many as 32 court staff from the High Court and 315 from the district courts tested positive for the virus.

Out of 315, 13 were judicial officers, sources close to the development confirmed to Bar & Bench.

26 persons from the families of the 32 COVID-19 positive High Court staffers also tested positive during the testing drive.

Almost all have either pulled through the infection or are on their way to recovery, Bar & Bench was told.

Bar & Bench was further informed that none of the staff members were physically coming to their respective courts on a regular basis and mostly worked remotely.

While the first camp was organized in the month of July when the Delhi Government deputed a medical team to conduct Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test, the second camp began on August 31.

The second camp will end on September 8.

Following a dip in COVID-19 cases in August 2020, the High Court had recently resumed physical functioning in a graded manner.

As per the Roster effective till September 14, a total of five Benches sit in the High Court premises on a rotational basis.

However, the advocates are free to opt for the virtual mode of hearing.

Depending on the response from advocates on whether they preferred physical heraings or virtual and the status of COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the continuation of physical hearing would be reviewed, sources close to the development said.

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