Hundreds seek damages as Victoria faces multiple class-action lawsuits over Melbourne’s Covid lockdown

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The Andrews government is facing three class-action lawsuits over the lockdowns imposed during Melbourne’s second wave of coronavirus, with potentially thousands of plaintiffs seeking damages.

Victoria reported 42 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and eight people died of Covid in the preceding 24 hours.

This week a Melbourne legal firm, Carbone Lawyers, filed a claim on behalf of workers who had lost income or suffered psychological damage due to strict social distancing laws. The managing partner, Tony Carbone, told Guardian Australia more than 100 plaintiffs had signed on prior to Wednesday.

“The office has been inundated today,” he said. “We have even fielded inquiries from people who are incarcerated, ringing and saying because of the second lockdown they have been…

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