Far North Queensland

COVID-19 delays keep family from Tongan fruit picker killed by snake in Australia

Timote Ongosia, 40, was bitten by an eastern brown snake on a farm near Dimbulah, west of Cairns, on September 20.

ABC News reports the Tongan man, who was employed as a seasonal worker at the time, died in hospital two days later.

Elder, Pesi Brown, said the man's wife and parents were desperate for his body to be returned, but COVID-19 border restrictions had delayed the repatriation process.

"They want him to come home," she said.