A brawl erupted outside a Melbourne hospital after three men were refused entry to see a relative with COVID-19.
A group of about 15 people gathered outside Northern Hospital in Epping just after midnight on Monday.
Three men in the group tried to enter to see a patient, who AAP understands was a man with COVID-19 who had died.
Hospital staff asked the group to leave and "an altercation took place", Victoria Police said.
Two police officers and three security guards were injured during the ensuing brawl and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A Northern Health spokesman said the three men were family members "attempting to access the hospital" who had "exhibited unacceptable behaviour".
Three Roxburgh Park men, aged 38, 41 and 47, have been charged with several offences including affray, recklessly cause injury, assault in company and assaulting police.
They have been bailed to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates Court on February 28, 2022.
Australian Associated Press