MANILA — The Sandiganbayan in Quezon City closed on Monday for a "thorough disinfection" after two of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a memorandum, presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang said that the decision was made on Sunday amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the city as well.
"This step is necessary to enable the Sandiganbayan to conduct an immediate and thorough disinfection of its entire building and to conduct tracing/monitoring of the health of the Court's employees," Cabotaje-Tang said in the memo.
She said all justices, officials, and employees "will continue to perform their work/functions and discharge the Court's mandate under alternative work arrangements."
The court, she added, may still be contacted through its hotline and email address which can be accessed on the Sandiganbayan website.
The Sandiganbayan handles criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices, and related offenses committed by public officers and employees, including those in government-owned or controlled corporation.