Sumary of Almost 11,000 Australians remain stuck in India:
- Almost 11,000 Australians, including 209 minors, remain stranded in India as the country grapples with a devastating COVID-19 outbreak..
- Appearing before a senate committee on Thursday, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials revealed 10,994 people were registered as wanting to return from India, including 1240 listed as vulnerable..
- Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said a series of state lockdowns sparked by hotel quarantine breaches, including one under way in Victoria, was the result of the government failure to “take responsibility”.
- “Another consequence is that we have more Australians stranded, as we get more virulent variants internationally, and the situation becomes more perilous,”.
- Officials revealed three repatriation flights were due to depart from India by the end of the month, adding to eight that had already arrived..
- News Corp Australia Repatriation flights from India resumed in May after the government lifted a controversial ban on Australians from returning the country at the height of its outbreak..
- Ms Payne said since March 500,000 Australians had been returned, which she described as an “extensive undertaking”..
- It comes after National Covid-19 Co-ordination Commission Advisory Board commissioner Jane Halton criticised the federal government for failing to build additional commonwealth facilities to ramp up repatriation….