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Lucena court goes on lockdown due to COVID-19 cases

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The Supreme Court (SC) said on Friday (Aug. 14) that the Lucena City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has been placed on lockdown due to a number of personnel who got infected with the COVID-19 virus.

In its latest Twitter post, the SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said “Regional Trial Court of Lucena City physically closed from August 14 to 23, 2020.”

The SCPIO said Lucena CIty RTC Executive Judge Dennis Alahad Orendan has already issued a directive which ordered the temporary closure.

In his order, the magistrate explained the move was made after 10 court personnel tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

With the temporary closure, the judge said this will “prevent further spreading of the virus in the entire RTC building and to stifle the aggravation of the problem.”

“During this period, all Branches and the Office of the Clerk of Court, this Court, shall continue to function thru electronic means in accordance with the provisions laid down in Administrative Circular No. 41-2020 issued by the Supreme Court and related issuances by the Office of the Court Administrator, Supreme Court, Manila,” read the order.

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