Gujarat HC prohibits public entry into court premises, negative test reports mandatory for others


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Ahmedabad (Gujarat): In light of the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a circular barring entry for litigants and making testing of others mandatory.

“It is hereby informed to all concerned that, in view of the current pandemic situation, the following instructions have been issued by the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the standard operating procedures committee established to come into effect on 5 January 2022, to this end, ”reads the High Court circular.

There will be no entry for public litigants to the premises of the High Court, the order says.

The circular indicated that the party in person would only be allowed to enter the Court’s premises upon production of a certificate issued 48 hours before the date of the hearing, certifying that that person has tested negative for COVID-19. The canteen on the premises of the Court was also closed.

“Screening of all persons entering the premises of the Court will be compulsory and only persons found to be asymptomatic will be allowed to enter the premises of the Court. Persons entering the premises of the Court must strictly observe social distancing and cooperate with the medical screening team. Added the circular.

Meanwhile, Gujarat has reported 3,350 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the state government said on Wednesday. With that, active cases have reached over 10,000 in the state.

In the past 24 hours, 50 new Omicron cases have been reported in the state, bringing the active count to 92. The total number of Omicron cases in the state has increased to 204 with 112 recoveries.

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Posted on: Thursday January 06, 2022 07:20 IST

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