The prime minister has described an Australian man's death from coronavirus in India as a terrible tragedy but argued the virus-ravaged country was not safe.
Sydney businessman Govid Kant became the second Australian to die from coronavirus in India.
The 47-year-old travelled to India last month to attend a funeral before succumbing to the disease.
"It's a dangerous place," Scott Morrison told 2GB radio on Wednesday.
"It's terrible what has happened to this relatively young man and it's a tragedy when we lose an Australian anywhere, and sadly that happens all around the world when people are in dangerous places.
"So I feel for the family, but it is not a safe place. We are trying to bring people back safely, but equally we've got to do it in a way which doesn't put at risk everything that has been achieved here in Australia."
Late on Wednesday Nine newspapers reported a third Australian had died in India - a 51-year-old Sydney man who had been caring for his elderly parents.
Australian citizen Sunil Khanna had been living in New Delhi, where he and his parents all tested positive to COVID-19 on April 25.
Mr Khanna died on April 29. His mother died 24 hours later.
His brother Sanjay is now calling for their father to be allowed into Australia.
"He's my last remaining relative I have in India," he told Nine.
"An 83-year-old, alone by himself stuck in the home and I can't go there."
Mr Morrison has been accused of abandoning Australians in India after imposing a weeks-long travel ban and threatening anyone who dared to defy the restrictions with massive fines or jail time.
Former cricketer Michael Slater described the policy of stopping Australians returning home as a disgrace and said the prime minister had "blood on his hands".
The India travel ban lifted on Saturday and about 70 people have since returned to Australia, but there are still almost 10,000 people desperate to come back.
The prime minister said more than 1000 had also sought to travel from Australia to India since April 23.
"Now, we haven't let them go for obvious reasons," Mr Morrison said.
India is recording about 340,000 new cases and 4000 coronavirus deaths each day.
Labor Senator Penny Wong warned the coalition's India travel ban would have long-lasting consequences.
"Make no mistake: the way Mr Morrison has treated Australians stranded in India, many of whom of Indian heritage, would have been deeply felt in India - and around the region," she said in Canberra.
"It will have reminded many of our regional friends about the Australia of days past - and it is a memory that some will exploit."