Dozens of asylum seekers being housed in a hotel have been asked to self-isolate after one tested positive for Covid-19.
Three of those staying at the McLays Guest House in the centre of Glasgow are symptomatic and coronavirus tests are being arranged.
Mears Group, which is contracted by the Home Office to provide accommodation for asylum seekers, said all service users at the hotel have been asked to self-isolate and it is following advice from health officials.
Asylum seekers were moved into hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, however an urgent review into concerns about such accommodation was ordered following a knife attack at one such hotel in Glasgow in the summer.
A Mears Group spokesman said: “The incidence of Covid cases across the country and locally is unfortunately increasing in most communities.
“We have taken all the actions we can to protect service users from transmission but cannot of course remove the risk completely.
“We have now identified that a service user, currently being accommodated at the McLays Guest House in Glasgow, has tested positive for Covid-19.
“Three other service users are symptomatic and tests are being arranged. Our processes have enabled the swift identification of the issue and a very quick response.
“All service users at the hotel have been asked to self-isolate. Mears is following advice from local public health officials and the NHS on measures to keep service users safe.
“NHS staff in the Asylum Health Bridging Team are providing on-site health support and Mears staff are providing welfare support.”
The hotel currently houses 44 asylum seekers, and Mears Group said they have a good standard of accommodation, three meals a day and all essentials.
It said social distancing, hygiene measures and guidance are in place at the hotel.
The firm said there have been no previous Covid-19 cases at the hotel, or at any of the hotels it has used in Glasgow to house asylum seekers during the pandemic.
The person who tested positive has been staying at the hotel for a month.
There are currently around 200 asylum seekers in hotel accommodation in Glasgow with three hotels being used, down from six at the peak.
Mears Group said it is continuing to move people on to “dispersed accommodation”, prioritising those who have been in hotels the longest, and it added it is committed to ending the use of hotels as soon as possible.
The Home Office announced a review into concerns over housing asylum seekers in hotels in July.
It came after Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, from Sudan, was shot dead by police after he launched an attack at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow which was being used to house asylum seekers.
The attack in June left six people injured, including 42-year-old police constable David Whyte.
A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The safety and wellbeing of asylum seekers and the local communities in which they live is of the utmost importance.
“We are aware that a small number of residents in temporary asylum accommodation in Glasgow have tested positive for Covid-19. We are working closely with Mears and local public health authorities to put in place appropriate precautions and make sure everyone stays safe.”