Kerala High Court to shutdown till April 8 amid COVID-19 fears

South India

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday decided to shutdown till April 8 except for emergency functions in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the state.


The decision was taken during a full court meeting today. It will come into force from March 24 onwards. 

However, the court will open every Tuesday and Friday till April 8, so as to enable filing of very urgent cases like sentence suspension, custody, habeas corpus, bail and anticipatory bail.

A request madeby the President Kerala High Court Advocates Association to entertain public interest petition emergent in nature by constituting special bench was also agreed.

Kerala has witnessed the second highest number of coronavirus positive cases after Maharashtra.

On Sunday, as many as 15 people in Kerala have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of existing positive cases in Kerala to 67, out of which three had earlier recovered. 

As of now, all the 64 confirmed cases are being treated in hospitals across the state.

At least 9776 people were taken off quarantine, after finishing the required isolation period and not showing symptoms.

According to the report, there are 59,295 people in the state under observation, out of which 58,981 are in home quarantine and the others are admitted to the hospitals. 

At present, Kasaragod district has the highest number of COVID-19, with 19 positive cases in the state, followed by Ernakulam district with 12 people. 

Now a total of 10 districts in the state have reported positive COVID-10 cases. The number of COVID-19 cases in various districts are: Thiruvananthapuram (4), Pathanamthitta (9), Kottayam (2), Ernakulam (12), Thrissur (1), Malappuram (4), Kannur (10), Idukki (1), Kasaragod (19), Kozhikode (2)


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