Stranded Australian Man Dies of COVID-19 in India

An Australian solar industry businessman has died in India after contracting COVID-19, its employer said.

Govind Kant, 47, died in a hospital in India. He traveled to India in April for personal reasons and he contracted the COVID-19 virus in the country.

“We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Trina Solar Australia assistant director, Govind Kant, has passed away after contracting the coronavirus in India,” the company said.

“Govind, who was based in Sydney for Trina Solar, had returned to India for personal reasons. Unfortunately, Govind contracted the virus in India and has passed away. He was 47 years of age,” it added.

Local media reported, quoting Kant’s sister said that he had booked a flight, after failing to get a flight out in mid-April.

However, he contracted the virus before his plane was due to leave and was admitted to hospital.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed her condolences to Kant’s family and said the government was providing consular assistance to his family.

“It is tragic and my heart goes out to his family. It is such a very difficult time in India,” she said.

“It’s a very difficult environment to operate in, but we’re working very hard to assist those Australians who wish to return to Australia,” she added.

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