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Sandiganbayan goes on lockdown after 2 employees test positive for COVID-19

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The Supreme Court (SC) announced on Monday (July 13) that the Sandiganbayan has been placed on lockdown after two of its employees tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

“The Sandiganbayan is physically closed today, July 13, 2020,” the SC said in its Twitter post.

The SC said Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang has already issued a memorandum which ordered the lockdown.

In her memorandum, Tang confirmed “two Sandiganbayan employees have tested positive during their swab/PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests”

Because of this, Tang said “the Sandiganbayan En Ban during its emergency meeting on July 12, 2020, resolved to physically close the Sandiganbayan on Monday, July 13, 2020.”

“This step is necessary to enable the Sandiganbayan to conduct an immediate and thorough disinfection of its entire building and to conduct contact tracing/monitoring of the health of the Court’s employees,” 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 public may contact the Court through its hotline and email addresses as published in the Sandiganbayan website,” she added.

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