Mumbai: In the wake of the Coronavirus scare, with the cases of people infected by it rising every day in the country, the Bombay High Court on Saturday said that it will conduct only urgent hearings from the week commencing from March 16. The Court has issued the same directive to its benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Goa. Also Read - Home Quarantine For Coronavirus: PM Modi Shares Health Ministry's Guidelines

Prior to this, the Court had issued circulars with the advisory for people visiting the court complex in Maharashtra. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak in India: Centre Declares COVID-19 a 'Notified Disaster'; West Bengal, Goa Govts Announce Closure of Educational Institutes Till March 31



“Functioning of the courts in High Court and its benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad & High Court of Bombay at Goa presently for a week commencing from March 16 shall be restricted to urgent matters,” news agency ANI said in a tweet. Also Read - Coronavirus: Row at Delhi Woman's Funeral as Family Says Was Told to Take Body to Other Crematorium

Notably, the number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 84. Further, the Centre has also declared COVID-19 a notified ‘disaster’, so that much-needed assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) can be provided.



Issuing a notification, the Union Home Ministry has also announced Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia for the family of the person who, in case, loses their life due to coronavirus.

Besides, two people have also lost their lives due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, several measures have been announced by the state as well as the Central government to contain the spread of the virus.