Victoria’s premier goes on the defensive after Melbourne lockdown blamed for deaths of four newborns denied urgent medical care

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Victoria police filmed handcuffing PREGNANT beachgoer as state authorities consider extending lockdown rules

Melbourne has endured one of the world’s longest lockdowns, with residents prohibited from traveling more than 25km (15.5 miles) to carry out essential activities such as grocery shopping. Stay-at-home orders in place until November 2 place tight limitations on permitted reasons to go out. 

Earlier this month, 500 doctors in Australia penned a letter urging the Victorian government to reconsider the stringent measures, describing them as “disproportionate and unscientific.”

With a population of 6.3 million people, Victoria registered three new positive coronavirus tests in the past twenty-four hours, with the total number of cases standing at 20,323. No new deaths were reported. 

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