Indian Australian, 51 year old Sunil Khanna has passed away from COVID in India on April 29. He was planning to come home and his parents with him. Sadly, his 83 year old mother also died from COVID the next day.
This puts into question the Australian Government’s previous moves to impose a travel ban on India and leaving Australians stranded in India. Would Khanna still be alive, if the Australian Government put efforts to bring Australians in India home? In addition, there have been other Australian citizens and permanent residents who have died from COVID in India.
Here is more on the situation from ABC News:
Sydney businessman Govind Kant, 47, died in a hospital in Delhi in recent days after travelling to India to care for his family.
Earlier this month an Australian permanent resident also died in India.
The government temporarily banned Australian citizens and residents who had been in India in the past fortnight from entering the country, as higher-than-usual case numbers were recorded in quarantine from travellers from the subcontinent.
The ban has since ended, but strict new pre-flight testing protocols meant the first repatriation flight back to Australia was only half-full, after more than 40 people tested positive.
RIP to the Australians who have passed from COVID in India.
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