WA: Coronavirus hits two communities in Mandurah

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Two residents at Lattitude Lakelands north of the popular retirement town, 72km south of Perth – which is owned by local real estate developer Peet – have tested positive and are self-isolating after returning from overseas on 17 March, according to the local paper.

Residents at National Lifestyle Villages’ Bridgewater Lifestyle Village (pictured) have also been warned to self-isolate in an email if they had been in contact with a male resident who has now been diagnosed with the virus between 8-22 March.

Rob Nichols, the chief executive of Serenitas – which took over NLV in mid-2018 as a partnership between Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC and Tasman Capital – told residents to not approach village staff on site and contact management only via phone.

“In line with our Pandemic Management Plan, we immediately contacted the Department of Health and homeowners were alerted by SMS/text and were asked to self-isolate and stay inside until further notice,” he said.

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