Covid-19 Australia: TikTok comedian claims Gladys Berejiklian CHANGED Sydney’s numbers to expose him
A TikTok comedian whose streak of predicting New South Wales’ daily new Covid-19 cases came to an abrupt halt has bizarrely claimed Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian changed Monday’s numbers in an attempt to discredit him .
Social media personality Jon-Bernard Kairouz became an overnight celebrity by accurately predicting how many cases there would be in NSW over five consecutive days.
His run ended on Monday amid allegations that NSW Health had deliberately given him incorrect data to identify his source.
Kairouz has repeatedly insisted that he use complex math equations to predict the new numbers and not rely on a mole within the health department.
He erroneously predicted that there would be 109 cases the following day Sunday night, which was different from the 98 cases Ms Berejiklian announced at 11 a.m. Monday.
Kairouz claimed health officials may have adjusted the numbers to prove he was wrong, and confidently claimed 76 new cases would be registered Tuesday.
He also claimed that an official was wrongly fired by the NSW government because of his videos.
Social media personality Jon-Bernard Kairouz became an overnight celebrity by accurately predicting how many cases there would be in NSW for five days
“Some have said the numbers have been changed to discredit the math,” he told Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa performance on Tuesday morning.
“Nothing to do with your calculations?” co-host Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli asked him.
“Like I said, five out of six speaks for itself. I’m pretty sure it was six out of six,” Mr Kairouz said.
“So you think maybe Gladys lied to outdo you?” asked Wippa.
“I believe so,” replied the comedian.
Kairouz also said he still backs his “math to the last detail” as he accused the state government of putting forward the wrong numbers to “trump” him.
“That’s kind of sad because they’ve booby-trapped a local comedian who’s doing the math,” said the Sydney-based comedian.
Kairouz has claimed health officials adjusted the latest figures to prove he was wrong after inaccurately forecasting Monday’s numbers for the first time in six days
Kairouz incorrectly predicted that there would be 109 cases on Sunday night – when there were actually 98 new infections on Monday
Pictured: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Mr Kairouz’s incredible run ended Monday amid allegations that NSW Health had deliberately given him incorrect data to identify his source
“A poor bastard got fired and I feel for him because I was just doing the math and they checked him at a high level.”
He also denied another theory that he was using the federal government’s Coronavirus Australia app to calculate how many cases there would be in NSW.
‘I’m completely honest with you, I didn’t understand it either [the app or an inside source],’ he said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard was asked Monday whether NSW Health used a ‘sting’ to thwart Mr Kairouz and get him to predict the wrong number.
“Absolutely not,” he replied. ‘There was no sting, we don’t hunt people, but the numbers do’ [now] are distributed on a ‘need to know’ basis.’
The change reflects a growing concern within the government that Kairouz’s videos pose a threat to public health.
Mr Hazzard denied that the matter was discussed at cabinet level but said he had spoken to the health department about the need to restrict access to case data.
“Obviously someone in the system felt the need to disclose those numbers to someone who wasn’t the right person to comment on them,” he said.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford previously told Seven’s The Morning Show that a “witch hunt” was underway within NSW Health to find the leak.
“My information is … that they set traps for him, and they may have paid off,” he said. “Maybe they’ve found the person it is now.”
The prankster claimed on Channel Ten’s The Project on Sunday that he and his brothers calculate the numbers using the “Kairouz probability algorithm.”
When the show’s host, Jan Fran, pressured him about how he’s doing, Kairouz said it just comes down to simple math.
“We’re lucky because not all complex calculus has one particular solution, but we’ve been lucky enough to get five in a row and we could get Michael Jordan numbers tomorrow,” Kairouz said, referring to the six championships of the American basketball great.
In his viral social media clips, Kairouz is often seen drawing nonsense diagrams, statistics and equations on a whiteboard before giving his eerily accurate predictions.
“The diagrams are called homoeomorphic irreducible trees and that’s combined with all the other variables we include, such as the diameter of Fairfield and the circumference of Southwest Sydney,” he told the panel, holding a gold wrestling belt over his shoulder.
“We also take into account the contagious community cases and then we can derive a concrete figure that we would like to bring to the public.”
Fellow comedian and host Tommy Little admitted he’s a huge fan of the young man’s shtick.
When the show’s host, Jan Fran, insisted on how he does it, Kairouz (pictured) said it just comes down to simple math
“I like the belt and I like the People’s Premier,” Little said.
“I think we can all agree you’re crazy about this math thing, but to be honest I don’t care.”
Pictured: Jon-Bernard Kairouzo
Two days earlier, Gladys Berejiklian was questioned at a press conference about whether NSW Health had a leak and whether she was concerned.
“Right now I know a lot of people who would have all kinds of information and that’s welcome, we live in a democracy,” she said.
But as speculation grows about how he might be able to come up with his seemingly magical numbers, Kairouz said he’s just trying to enjoy the process and his newfound fame.
“I have a ball,” he said.
“I’ve been creating content on Instagram and TikTok for about a year now and growing exponentially on the social platforms has been a lot of fun and it’s been a whirlwind of a week.”
Kairouz had made his daily forecast around 10:30 p.m. most nights.
NSW Health officials aggregate the number of positive cases from each day until 8pm – giving him two and a half hours to hear from each source.