A Glasgow hotel housing asylum seekers has been put on lockdown following a positive coronavirus case. 

The Mears group sent a letter to all residents confirming the McLays Guesthouse will be locked down for a "limited period of time". 

Three other residents at the hotel are symptomatic and will be tested for coronavirus. 

Mears group has confirmed 44 asylum seekers are living in the hotel. 

The city centre hotel is where a suicidal asylum seeker Adnan Walid Elbi was tragically found dead in May of this year. 

Campaigners have raised concern for the wellbeing of the residents. 

Robina Qureshi, director of Positive Action in Housing said: “This is just the latest example of neglect and utter contempt and disregard for the lives of refugees.

"When all of us were told to empty the hotels, home office and outsourcing companies cut costs and dumped asylum seekers into crowded hotels without social distancing measures in place.

"It’s just chaos.

"The sooner this contract is put into the hands of the Council where there is a concept of care, the better.”

The letter sent out by Mears Housing Management read: "We have had a confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) in this hotel. 

"We have taken the decision for the safety of all residents and staff to lockdown the hotel for a limited period of time, the length of time will be determined by Public Health Glasgow and we will keep you fully informed. 

"Public Health, Glasgow will be conducting track and trace interviews with any service user who may have had contact with the person who has tested positive."

A spokesman for Mears 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 been 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. 

"McLays has been used for asylum accommodation as a temporary measure during the pandemic.  Currently, 44 asylum seekers are accommodated at the hotel, which provides a good standard of accommodation, with three meals a day and all essentials provided.   Social distancing, hygiene measures and guidance is in place at the hotel to support COVID safety for both the service users resident at the hotel and the wider community.

"There been no previous COVID cases in this hotel or any of the hotels Mears has used in Glasgow to house asylum seekers during the pandemic."