COVID-infected Gold Coast man fined over border breach

An unvaccinated Gold Coast man who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Melbourne has now been fined by Queensland Police.

Duran Raman, 36, sparked a scare across the city after he was diagnosed with the virus last month after being infectious for ten days.

Police have confirmed they have finished looking into Mr Raman’s movements, slapping him with a big fine.


“We have interviewed Mr Raman and he has been issued with a $4135 on-the-spot fine for a border breach which brings to a conclusion our activities in relation that person,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

“I understand he still remains in hospital and I’m unable to comment on when he may be released.”

Police have since revealed Raman had also been in New South Wales before parking his vehicle at Tweed Heads and walking across the border at around 5.40pm on October 15.

He did not have a border pass to enter Queensland.

Queensland recorded no new local cases on Monday and one in hotel quarantine.

There is now 77.6 per cent of eligible residents who have had their first dose while 63.87 per cent have had their second dose.

Health Minister Yvette D’ath says there is still time for people to get vaccinated and have some protection when borders reopen on December 17.

Sunday was the final day for people to get a jab if they are to have full protection by then.

“If you are not vaccinated fully yet or if you haven’t had your first dose yet it’s more important than ever that you come out now because it’s going to take longer for you to have that full protection,” Ms D’ath said.

“So, you still won’t have that full protection when we open up on the 17th of December but you can have the best protection you can by getting your first dose today and making sure you’re getting your second dose when it’s due.”

Pop-up vaccine clinics at Surf Life Saving Clubs and theme parks across Queensland administered 3399 doses across the weekend including 1256 on Sunday.