Australian DIES in Covid-ravaged India – but authorities are VERY tight-lipped on details
- Australian citizen has been reported to have died in Covid ravaged India
An Australian citizen has died in Covid plagued India – but authorities have yet to confirm the virus as the cause.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell was asked by a senate committee hearing on Friday if he knew of any Australians who had died waiting to leave the country.
‘The department is aware and providing consular assistance, in accordance with its charter, to the family of an Australian permanent resident who reportedly has died in India,’ he said.
‘I’m advised, owing to our privacy obligations, we won’t be providing any further comment.’
Fire force personnel of the Greater Bangalore metropolitan area spray disinfectant during an extended lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 disease in Bangalore, India on Friday
There is some mystery surrounding the case with Mr O’Farrell indicating Australian authorities were remaining tight lipped because it was not yet clear how the person died.
He added that India’s nightly reported infection rate was greater than Canberra’s population and that he doubted anyone could say with certainty Australian’s were not among the fatalities.