Jon-Bernard Kairouz ‘predicts’ 109 new COVID-19 cases on Monday in defiance of NSW Health warning to stop TikTok videos
Jon-Bernard Kairouz, the comedian who has successfully forecast the number of new NSW COVID-19 cases on TikTok for the past five days, has predicted Gladys Berejiklian will announce 109 new infections on Monday.
Kairouz has continued to deny claims he has inside information, instead vowing he used “simple maths” to successfully predict the number of new cases in NSW.
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NSW Health has reportedly started an investigation into how a possible information leak, which is the more likely scenario, is leading to Kairouz ending up with the numbers before the rest of the public.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford claims a “witch hunt” has begun to find and “punish” the leak.
Kairouz told Weekend Sunrise he received a phone call from NSW Health advising him that it was in his “best interest” to stop revealing the numbers and denied he had an inside source.
“I have received calls from NSW Health saying ‘who is your source’ and what not, and I maintain that it comes down to hard and fast maths,” he said.
“People online have been messaging me saying ‘we know you are related to Gladys Berejiklian or have some relation to her’ and that’s just not true.
“I know we have similar facial features but I’m not Armenian.”
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Jon-Bernard Kairouz’s ‘simple maths’
Kairouz explained on Saturday how his calculations stack up.
“We take into account many factors,” he explained.
“Last night we took into account how many granny flats there are in southwest Sydney, the diameter of Fairfield, the population of Sydney, the current infectious cases in the community, then we chuck it in the algorithm and see what kind of result we get.
“Another big factor for me is, when I was younger, I had a crayon lodged in my brain and once I had that removed my IQ went up 50 points, so I’m able to calculate these complex mathematical algorithms.”
NSW Health COVID-19 update
NSW recorded 105 new virus cases and the death of a woman in her 90s in Sydney’s southeast on Sunday.
Berejiklian said 27 had been infectious while in the community.
“That’s the number that worries us the most, we’ve seen that number crop up day in and day out,” she said.
A total of 66 of Sunday’s cases were linked to known clusters while 39 remain under investigation.
The majority of Sunday’s cases were concentrated in southwestern Sydney, with 69 found in the Fairfield local government area.
It may take until the end of the week before Sydney’s daily COVID-19 infection numbers start to decline.
Gladys Berejiklian says she expects a lag of between five or six days until cases begin to drop as a result of the latest lockdown restrictions.
The NSW premier admits her decision to impose the harshest measures yet on the Harbour City has caused her anguish.
“I’m not embarrassed to say that in public life, yesterday was probably the most difficult day I’ve had personally,” she told reporters on Sunday.