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MasterChef’s Depinder Chhibber shares her heartbreak after being separated from her family in India


MasterChef Australia’s Depinder Chhibber shares her heartbreak after being separated from her extended family in India amid the country’s Covid crisis

MasterChef Australia star Depinder Chhibber has spoken of her anguish at being unable to visit her extended family in India due to the pandemic.  

Speaking to News.com.au on Sunday, the pharmacist-turned-chef said most of her close relatives are currently living in India, some of whom are currently recovering from coronavirus

‘The only people [in my family] that are [living in Australia] are me, my mum and dad and my brother, everyone else is still in India,’ she explained.  

Tragic: MasterChef Australia star Depinder Chhibber (pictured) spoke to News Corp on Sunday about her anguish at being unable to visit her extended family in India due to the pandemic

‘It’s like up to 80 people, there’s just so many of them every time that I go back [to India], I make sure that I visit every single one of them, especially the older generation,’ she continued. 

She finished: ‘I get emotional when I talk about it as well because I wish I could go back, but it’s hard.’

Meanwhile, fellow MasterChef contestant Kishwar Chowdhury told News Corp on Sunday that her in-laws living in Calcutta, India, have been locked down for about 500 days. 

Family: She finished: 'I get emotional when I talk about it as well because I wish I could go back, but it's hard,' she said

Family: She finished: ‘I get emotional when I talk about it as well because I wish I could go back, but it’s hard,’ she said

Kishwar’s father-in-law is also currently battling with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), making it extremely dangerous for him to contract coronavirus.  

India has struggled to cope with a recent spike in Covid cases in recent months. 

The wave of cases put huge pressure on the medical infrastructure, as overcrowded hospitals ran out of oxygen and medical supplies.  

Lockdown: Meanwhile, fellow MasterChef contestant Kishwar Chowdhury told News Corp on Sunday that her in-laws living in Calcutta, India, have been locked down for about 500 days

Lockdown: Meanwhile, fellow MasterChef contestant Kishwar Chowdhury told News Corp on Sunday that her in-laws living in Calcutta, India, have been locked down for about 500 days 

The World Health Organisation has described the country’s struggle as ‘beyond heartbreaking’. 

Mortality data is also poor in India, as deaths at home and in rural areas often go unregistered.  

MasterChef Australia continues on Channel Ten, Sunday, 7.30pm. 

MasterChef Australia continues on Channel Ten, Sunday, 7.30pm. Pictured: MasterChef judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen

MasterChef Australia continues on Channel Ten, Sunday, 7.30pm. Pictured: MasterChef judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen 

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