Last week was not the easiest for many Perth residents. In a positive COVID-19 case in a hotel quarantine security officer, the city was locked down for five days to contain the spread of the virus. Restaurants, cafes, and a number of other venues and businesses have been ordered to temporarily cease receiving guests, while schools and daycare centers in potential exposure zones have been closed for the duration of the lockdown.
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Meanwhile, a bushfire in the Perth hills that started last Monday quickly spiraled out of control. It burned through thousands of acres of land, causing at least 86 property damage and an estimated loss of $ 40 million. With a study by the University of Tasmania showing that up to 10% of homeowners don’t have home insurance and 40% of renters don’t have content insurance, the toll from the bushfire will be sizeable.
Danny Mountford, Senior Account Executive at McLardy McShane WA, told Insurance Business that his clients had been very lucky during these turbulent times and that he was not aware of anyone planning to make claims related to the bushfire or lockdown.
“I live in the Perth hills myself, and although I was about 15 miles from where it all happened and was not directly affected, I can tell you that I am not happy about these 86 lost homes and these facilities bin and vehicles that were destroyed by the fire, ”said Mountford.
« However, my customers were very lucky and as far as I know they have not been harmed until now. »
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For Kim Gilbert, founder and general manager of Perth-based broker Zenith Insurance, the “brief, severe lockdown” had an immediate impact on his company’s aged and community care customers.
« With the exception of staff and other relevant health care professionals, they have not been able to let in outside visitors, » Gilbert told Insurance Business, adding that while he speaks to his customers regularly, he has not received any claims from customers regarding the shutdown or the bush fire.
« Fortunately, we haven’t had another COVID case since that first case, and I hope we can go back to normal work in a few days, » he noted.