A BRADFORD mosque has been thanked for taking prompt action after two people tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Jamia Masjid Tabligh-Ul-Islam is currently closed as a precaution. 

Sarah Muckle, Bradford’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have today become aware of two reported cases of Covid-19 relating to Jamia Masjid Tabligh-Ul-Islam on Toller Lane in Bradford.

"Both people who have reportedly tested positive for the virus are currently self-isolating at home to prevent the spread of infection.

“As soon as the mosque was made aware of these reported cases today, it took proactive action by closing and sealing off the premises. We would like to thank the Mosque management for this prompt action.

“Anyone who has visited the mosque in the past fortnight and has any symptoms of COVID-19, is advised to remain at home, self-isolate, and to take a test. Symptoms of Covid-19 include a high temperature, new persistent cough, or a change to taste or smell.

“As we move to the next phase of the pandemic, it is likely that small outbreaks will continue to occur across our district and others across the whole of the UK. As few as two linked cases can constitute an ‘outbreak’.

“Just as we have done when cases have been reported in other settings, such as schools, our Public Health team will work closely with the Mosque to respond to, and manage, this situation as swiftly as possible.

“It remains vital that we all stay alert, wash our hands regularly, observe social distancing, and wear facemasks in confined spaces like shops and public transport.”

Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, said the mosque should be "commended for their rapid decision on this" and added: "This is what leadership looks like."

Zulfi Karim, President of Bradford Council for Mosques, added: “We send our best wishes to these two members of our community who have reportedly tested positive for this terrible virus.

“Since our phased re-opening, all 120 Mosques and Islamic institutions across Bradford have launched a raft of infection prevention measures to maintain a safe and welcoming environment. These have included social distancing in all areas, comprehensive cleaning, one-way systems, and hand sanitisation stations.

“This mosque will remain closed temporarily, with all services suspended, as a precautionary measure. We are supporting the mosque to ensure that when it can reopen, it does so as safely as possible.”