All mosques in Burton close after coronavirus outbreak in town

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All mosques in Burton have temporarily closed after an outbreak of coronavirus in an area of the town.

The decision has been made as a 'safety precaution' after 35 people have tested positive for Covid-19, including 14 people from two households.

The families who have tested positive for the virus have been self-isolating and recovering.

The majority of cases, but not all, are within the south Asian community.

Tariq Hussain, a spokesperson for the Central Jamia Mosque Rizvia, has said "there have not been no known cases or positive reports from any of the mosques in Burton and we haven't closed due to any cases".

Mr Hussain is also calling on local authorities to enforce stricter hygiene guidelines across all businesses and is urging for smaller shops to restrict the amount of people they let in.

The authority has made it clear that Burton remains open for business, saying there are no plans for any kind of imposing lockdown restrictions like in Blackburn, or a full lockdown like Leicester was subject to again.

Syed Hussain, who represents the area on Staffordshire County Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council, said the outbreak needed to be taken seriously.

However Burton MP Kate Griffiths has said although she understands peoples concerns, "it's important to remember how far we've come in tackling the virus".

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