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Uber driver who scared Gold Coast Covid allegedly ‘abused’ nurses and tried to flee hospital

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More disturbing reports have emerged of the unvaccinated Uber driver who reportedly tried to escape from a Queensland hospital while seriously ill with Covid-19.

Police were called to Gold Coast University Hospital on Sunday after reports that Duran Raman, 36, allegedly tried to escape hospital quarantine despite needing a steady supply of oxygen.

Although the investigation has since been closed without charge, sources claimed that Raman was an uncooperative patient who verbally abused nurses and called them c**ts.

He also insisted he “don’t really have” Covid-19 and claimed the virus wasn’t real as several hospital sources shared more details about his alleged escape attempt.

Worrying allegations have surfaced over Duran Raman’s (pictured) stint at a Gold Coast hospital, where he is battling Covid-19

“He left his room and exposed the entire department to Covid. They had to call the police,” one told the Courier Mail.

Another source claimed that Mr Raman “abused” health personnel and left his isolation room at one point.

Concerned staff also claimed he fled Robina Hospital when he was first admitted last week, forcing staff to track down his family through the White Pages telephone directory.

Mr Raman in stable condition but under public health guidelines to remain in his hospital room for 14 days, regardless of whether his contagious period is over.

The Today show reported that authorities were investigating the alleged escape attempt, but Queensland police said the incident had been resolved.

“Police are not investigating an incident at a Gold Coast health center,” a statement said Monday.

‘The police were called around 9:00 yesterday due to a minor malfunction.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) publicly urged Duran Raman to complete his hospital quarantine after an alleged escape attempt over the weekend

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) publicly urged Duran Raman to complete his hospital quarantine after an alleged escape attempt over the weekend

‘The matter was resolved quickly and without any problems. No violation of a Public Health Directive was found.’

Queensland Health insists the incident “posed no risk to the public or staff” and that Mr Raman has not left the Covid ward.

“All patients isolated in Covid-19 wards must remain in their rooms until discharged,” a spokesperson said.

Deputy chief health officer Peter Aitken told reporters: “He’s in the ward right now and he hasn’t left the ward. There is no risk to the public, other patients or staff and the situation is under control.’

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszcuzk publicly urged the rideshare driver to complete his hospital quarantine.

“He just needs to calm down and get better,” she said.

“It won’t help anyone to have an infectious person running around the Gold Coast.”

Sources claimed the infected patient verbally abused nurses caring for him at Gold Coast University Hospital (pictured)

Sources claimed the infected patient verbally abused nurses caring for him at Gold Coast University Hospital (pictured)

Raman arrived in Queensland on October 10 after a trip to Melbourne, but is said to have been contagious several days earlier.

He tested positive for coronavirus at Robina Hospital on Wednesday, ending the state’s 15-day Covid-free streak.

He reportedly left hospital before the results came back and had to be tracked down at his home by police and health authorities when he could not be contacted.

Police arrived at the resort where he lives alone last Wednesday, and he was taken by ambulance to Gold Coast University and put on oxygen.

Health authorities said the sports enthusiast, who was “so ill he can barely speak,” lived at the Island Beach Resort in Broadbeach for about 12 months and spent 10 days traveling around the Gold Coast while contagious.

In addition to the difficulty of their job, Raman – who was unvaccinated and shared anti-vax videos through his social media accounts – had not used Queensland’s QR check-in system for over a month, according to health officials.

Mr Raman posted his response to an early September Covid press conference in which Mr Andrews announced some easing restrictions and called the Prime Minister a 'gronk'

Mr Raman posted his response to an early September Covid press conference in which Mr Andrews announced some easing restrictions and called the Prime Minister a ‘gronk’

Mr Raman, who has also played for local AFL team Broadbeach Cats, was reportedly charged with a violation of the law earlier this year when he was charged with drink-driving and driving without a licence.

He pleaded guilty to both charges in Southport Magistrates Court in June and was fined $1,000 and banned from driving for two months.

Raman shared his response to an early September Victorian Covid press conference in which Prime Minister Dan Andrews announced some easing restrictions.

He captioned the video on his Instagram: “Mr Gronk. A dead end grunt’.

At the conference, the prime minister announced that playgrounds would reopen and authorized workers would be allowed back home to provide services.

‘Yes. The playgrounds will open again. Wow,’ hears Mr. Raman say.

“Playgrounds and babysitting, you damn bastard. You’re an idiot, look at you.’

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