Australian businessman trapped in India dies from Covid
Sydney's father and businessman, Govid Kant, died in a Delhi hospital on Sunday
An Australian man died of Covid in Delhi after contracting the infection around the time Australia banned citizens in India from returning home.
Govind Kant, a Sydney businessman, died on Sunday, announced his company.
He had traveled to Delhi in April for family reasons.
Mr Kant is believed to be the second Australian to die in India due to a temporary travel ban imposed after a devastating second wave. Australian officials have yet to comment.
The three-week ban on Indian arrivals ended on Saturday, but more than 9,000 Australians remain stuck in the country.
Mr. Kant's Trina Solar company announced the death of the father of two on social media on Monday. He had been the Australian manager of the solar energy company.
"This is a significant loss for Trina Solar and mere words cannot express the heartfelt sadness we all feel after Govind's death," the company wrote.
"Our deepest condolences go to his wife, two daughters and other family members."
Anger over the effects of the travel ban
Australia banned its citizens and permanent residents in India from fleeing home between April 28 and May 15. This made it a criminal offense with threats of fines and imprisonment.
The government argued it was a necessary public health measure to contain the high rates of Covid infection among arrivals from India.
However, critics said the government abandoned its citizens and let them die in India, where the virus overwhelmed hospitals and tens of thousands died from a lack of critical medicine and oxygen. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was forced to reject allegations that he had "blood on his hands".
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The daughter of the first Australian man known to have died three days after the travel ban wrote a week ago that her father had been "abandoned" by the Australian government.
"What nation is denying its own citizens? [It's] a miracle for the whole world," she said on Facebook. The family preferred not to be identified.
Since the end of the ban, Australia has resumed return flights, but commercial airlines have yet to operate.
The first return flight was also half empty on Saturday after 70 passengers were excluded from the trip after positive Covid tests. Some of them later tested negative in the second round tests, raising questions about the reliability of the tests.
Strict pre-flight protocols also meant there wasn't enough time to give the seats to others awaiting their return.
Many have called for more support for ordinary Australians in India.
Mr Morrison was also forced to defend the return of a group of around 30 Australian cricketers on Monday after special arrangements were made for their return. He said sports officials organized a private quarantine for the athletes.
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