Hyderabad: In the time of Corona, gated communities are shutting their doors for people returning from abroad.

Sample this: On March 23, a complaint was filed by the Residents Welfare Association at Malaysian Township against three US-returnees for staying at the gated community without undergoing the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.

“We are vacating foreign returnees who are not following the quarantine protocol as mandated by the state government. Earlier, a few bachelors did not follow the quarantine rules which prompted us to take this decision. However, if the flat owners are ready to obey quarantine rules, we have no problem. This is a place that houses 8,000 people, and we can’t put anyone’s life in danger”, Srinivas Nelluri, President of Rain Tree Park Residents’ Association in Malaysian Township, told NewsMeter.

Similar cases of foreign returnees not being allowed inside gated communities have been reported from My Home Jewel in Kukatpally and SMR Vijay Mettuguda.

In the case of Rajapushpa apartments in Kokapet, a couple was tested positive for COVID-19. However, foreign returnees have not been stopped from entering the area.

“All the residents have been asked to stay under home quarantine. No maids or drivers have been allowed inside. None of the residents are allowed to go out unless there is some medical emergency,” said a resident at Rajapushpa.

Divakar, a resident of PBEL City, said around 20 to 30 people have returned from aboard but none of them have been tested positive. “There are always rumors about someone in the community being tested positive for the virus. However, everyone is under mandatory self-isolation. Those who have returned from abroad are asked not to venture out. Some people tried to call their maids, but that was not allowed,” he said.

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