At least four judges of the Supreme Court have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 150 staff members are either positive or under quarantine, according to reports.
With four judges infected by the virus out of a total workforce of 32 judges, including the Chief Justice of India, the positivity rate in the court is at 12.5 per cent.
As per reports, two of the judges had tested positive on Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and four other senior judges held a meeting on the ongoing pandemic situation, where he said, "Unfortunately, again the problem has started and we are also conscious of this.... It seems we may not be able to hear cases through physical mode for the next four to six weeks.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has switched to virtual hearings for two weeks as India saw a surge in Covid-19 cases, driven by the Omicron variant.
As per an official circular, with effect from January 7, the benches have been asked to sit at the residential offices.
The circular further mentioned that only extremely urgent 'mentioned' matters, fresh matters, bail matters, matters involving stay, detention matters and fixed date matters will be listed before the courts from January 10 till further orders.
It is to be mentioned that the top court has been hearing cases through video-conferencing since March 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic.
In October, the apex court had switched to physical hearings after more than a year when the Covid cases dropped in India.