7 officials of PHC Mingora bench diagnosed coronavirus.

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Mingora Swat(Zameeni Haqaiq) Seven officials of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Mingora bench have been diagnosed with coronavirus after which the bench has been sealed for 72 hours.

According to a spokesman for the PHC, seven officials have contracted coronavirus after which the bench has been sealed. The spokesman said one official was tested positive after which it was decided to conduct tests of other officials of the court. After tests, six more officials turned out to be coronavirus patients.

The affected officials have quarantined themselves. Tests of other staff members of the PHC Mingora branch are also being conducted and it is feared that more tests may also come back as positive.

Swat is the second most affected district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from coronavirus after Peshawar. So far, the district has reported 14 deaths and 204 cases. As many as 57 others have recovered in the district, according to the provincial Health Department data.

The officials of Swat judiciary have been diagnosed two days after the PHC announced that a district and sessions court’s judge has tested positive for COVID-19.

The protocol officer of the PHC said in a statement that the judge is the first officer of district judiciary to have contracted the virus. He is now in self-isolation.

The KP judiciary has declared public holidays for most of the staff in light of the health crisis and is functioning at the bare minimum capacity. The courts are only dealing with cases of urgent civil/criminal matters. The judicial staff is operating on a rotational basis. TNN

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