A mosque is providing Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms as cases rise in Burton

A coronavirus testing centre has been set up in a mosque in Burton for people without symptoms. Credit: ITV News Central

A mosque is providing coronavirus testing as part of a pilot scheme for people without symptoms in Burton.

The centre in Uxbridge Street will be open from today and Friday (July 23 and 24) from 9am until 2pm.

It comes after a testing site was set up at the Pirelli Stadium following a spike in Covid-19 cases in areas in of Burton.

Between July 4 and July 18 there have been 54 confirmed cases in Burton, with the majority of these centred in Anglesey, Shobnall and Horninglow.

The scheme is open to everyone with organisers hoping to test up to 400 people. 


People with symptoms should stay at home and book a test online at or call 119.

Home tests for people who don't have access to a car can be booked on 0300 111 8050.



This pilot scheme will give us really useful insight to help manage the outbreaks and I would encourage anyone who can to support this pilot by going along to get tested in the next couple of days. The mosques across the town are really pulling together to support our efforts on Covid-19 and I would like to thank them for turning around this scheme so quickly.

Staffordshire County Council's Director of Health and Care, Dr Richard Harling:

Tariq Hussain, from the mosque, said this is a 'community effort to tackle Covid-19' and the drop-in centre is open 'to everyone regardless of race or religion' - and 'the more people that get tested the better'.


The public are still being encouraged to follow national guidance:

  • Wash your hands regularly

  • Limit your contact with people not in your household

  • Stay at home when you can. If you do need to go out keep your distance - 2m ideally

  • Wear face coverings on public transport now and in shops from July 24

  • Self-isolate for seven days and book a test if you have symptoms

  • Self-isolate for 14 days if you have been contacted by the NHS Test & Trace Service and told you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive


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