REMEMBER the promotionally useful Duran Raman? He was the athletic and unvaccinated 30-something whose media-managed rise to notoriety coincided with the Palaszczuk/Young syringe ’em all tour. A fake lockdown panic was cultivated last month when the covid-infected Uber driver allegedly crossed the Queensland border illegally. He was defamed as “Public Enemy Number 1” by News Corp in extravagant Sunday coverage and became a poster boy for the cause of nudging the young to be ‘vaccinated.’
On Friday Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said Gold Coast University Hospital medicos were “keeping a very close eye on him”.
“That is terrible. He is a very young, fit man who was not vaccinated and he is now extremely sick.”
Dr Young used Mr Raman’s poor health as a reminder for Queenslanders to get jabbed as soon as possible.
“The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves is to get vaccinated so we don’t end up in that situation,” she said.
To spice up the propaganda, journalists were told by Dr Young that “he’ll probably need to go into intensive care.” (Spoiler alert: he didn’t). Raman was purportedly so sick he was “unable to speak.” And yet four days later the Gold Coast Bulletin reported the energetic and garrulous misbehaviour of this supposedly frail former he-man:
A source said Mr Raman had been “abusing the nurses all night, calling them c–ts, and saying he doesn’t really have Covid and that Covid isn’t real”.
“He left his room and exposed the whole ward to Covid,” he alleged.
“They had to call police.”
It turns out Gold Coast police weren’t very interested in the hysteria of “a source”:
A Gold Coast police spokeswoman said: “Police are not investigating an incident at a health facility on the Gold Coast.”
“Around 9am yesterday police were called to a health facility due to a minor disturbance.
“The matter was resolved quickly and without any issue.”
Said to be without the power of speech and confined to an “isolation room” – making it difficult to tell his side of the story – Raman was today fined $4135 for the border crossing and will be entitled to leave hospital within the next few days. A fourteen day stay is the maximum that can be imposed on a covid-positive patient for purposes of quarantine. To welcome him back to the outside world – if he is well enough to be discharged – news.com has been pestering Uber to say if it intends to let Raman (of all people) work under its auspices again. No definitive conclusions now except to point out that this is quite the gangster arc for a man who hasn’t been charged with a crime, hasn’t hurt anybody and is yet to make a statement. The number of people who tried to cross the Queensland border without “proper authorisation” on Sunday alone: 8000.