TikTok comedian gives prediction for NSW Covid cases after government calls asking him to quit

The TikTok comedian who has accurately predicted the number of new coronavirus cases in New South Wales every day has given his latest estimate, despite NSW Health telling him to stop.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz predicted 111 cases for NSW in a video more than 24 hours before it was announced at 11am on Saturday – the fourth consecutive day he has been correctly named the total.

He claimed to have received a stern phone call from NSW Health demanding that he stop posting videos and Mr Kairouz has since said he would not make any more predictions on the number of cases for “legal reasons”.

However, the comedian made his final prediction late Saturday night, appearing in a manipulated video pretending to be speaking with Stephen Hawkins, who died in 2018.

“What do you think of the Kairouz probability theory to predict new cases,” he asks.

“It’s great math, you’re a real genius. You and your brothers have a brilliant mind,” Hawkins says in the edited clip.

“It’s not easy Jon, but I’ve concluded there will be 105 cases.”

Mr Kairouz confirms the figures and says: ‘I have the same answer. Tomorrow 105 new cases.’

Mr Kairouz confirms the figures and says: 'I have the same answer.  Tomorrow 105 new cases'

However, the comedian made his final prediction late Saturday night, appearing in a manipulated video pretending to be speaking with Stephen Hawkins, who died in 2018.

The TikTok comedian who has accurately predicted the number of new coronavirus cases in New South Wales every day has given his latest estimate, despite NSW Health telling him to stop

The TikTok comedian who has accurately predicted the number of new coronavirus cases in New South Wales every day has given his latest estimate, despite NSW Health telling him to stop

His videos show him drawing nonsense diagrams, statistics and equations on a whiteboard before giving his prediction.

Kairouz claims his predictions were made using math, but it’s much more likely that he got inside information from someone who has access to the data.

The comedian says he has received several calls from government officials telling him to stop disclosing the case numbers.

“He said we should stop providing numbers because we are endangering the public health system,” Kairouz said. news.com.au.

The NSW Health employee reportedly said it would be in his “best interest” to stop making more videos, and if he didn’t, there could be “consequences” for health personnel.

The TikTok star claimed he told the employee that he was just using math to calculate his predictions and had no source in the department.

Many people on social media speculated that Mr Kairouz had an informant after correctly predicting the number of new Covid-19 cases in NSW for four days in a row.

Tik Tok comedian Jon Bernard Kairouz has once again accurately predicted the number of new Covid cases in NSW - for the fourth day in a row

Tik Tok comedian Jon Bernard Kairouz has once again accurately predicted the number of new Covid cases in NSW – for the fourth day in a row

The TikTok star says he has received threatening messages from people who believe he is related to NSW Prime Minister's new boyfriend Gladys Berejiklian

The TikTok star says he has received threatening messages from people who believe he is related to NSW Prime Minister’s new boyfriend Gladys Berejiklian

Kairouz has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming he is using data based on the previous day’s results to arrive at his predictions.

The 25-year-old said he arrived at his answers using a Casio scientific calculator and “simple math” based on infectious cases in the community, the diameter and circumference of hotspot areas and population areas.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Health and is awaiting confirmation of Mr Kairouz’s claims.

The development comes as the TikTok star said he had received threatening messages from followers who believe he is related to Gladys Berejiklian’s new partner, lawyer Arthur Moses.

The western Sydney comedian has gained a huge social media following for his spot-on predictions of new coronavirus cases.

Kairouz told Nova's Fitzy & Wippa that he was accused of being a relative of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, or her new boyfriend Arthur Moses (pictured together)

Kairouz told Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa that he was accused of being a relative of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, or her new boyfriend Arthur Moses (pictured together)

Late Thursday night, he correctly predicted that NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian would announce 97 new cases on Friday morning.

He doubled on Friday and predicted 111 cases on Saturday.

Speak with Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa on Friday morning, Kairouz said he had received anonymous, “threatening” phone calls since he began forecasting Covid cases.

“Look, I’m doing the community a favor and it’s not like I’m doing anything wrong or unethical, it’s just math and hard numbers,” he told the breakfast radio duo.

Ms Berejiklian was asked directly during her Covid update on Friday morning about Kairouz’s predictions and if she was concerned about the leakage of information from NSW Health.

“All we can do is focus on the work ahead,” she replied.

‘I know that at the moment many people have, or [are] would have, different bits of information and advice, but what is important to us as a team – team NSW – is to focus on what it takes and that is to lead our state in the most challenging of times.”

Kairouz said his newfound fame had given rise to several conspiracy theories.

“Frankly, there are rumors and conspiracy theories that I’m related to Gladys or her cousin or her new boyfriend, that’s not the case,” he told the show.

“It’s numbers, mate, that’s all I can say, it’s a solid formula.”

Ms Berejiklian, who is notoriously private about her personal life, is dating the man who represented her during a corruption investigation into her former boyfriend and disgraced MP Daryl Maguire.

The prime minister’s relationship with high-profile lawyer Arthur Moses was seemingly confirmed in June via a much-loved Instagram post shared by her sister.

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that Mr Moses is related to Kairouz or the source of his Covid information.

Kairouz closed down theories that he has a connection to Gladys Berejiklian or an inside source at NSW Health, insisting that

Kairouz closed down theories that he has a connection to Gladys Berejiklian or an inside source at NSW Health, insisting that “it’s numbers, it’s a solid formula.”

Kairouz’s light-hearted approach to lockdown was first revealed when he posted a video to TikTok last week poking fun at Ms Berejiklian and urging Sydney residents to “don’t browse” when shopping.

The video shows the comedian sprinting into Clemton Park Coles and grabbing a trolley, before pushing it down the aisles at breakneck speed, grabbing items.

Kairouz said he and his brothers used a “Kairouz probability algorithm” to predict case numbers.

When he first realized his talent for prediction, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the plot of the Academy Award-winning film Good Will Hunting.

‘To be honest I work in a university as a janitor and sometimes I see a comparison on a whiteboard and I can just finish it.

“I feel like I’m smarter than most of the kids out there!”

Kairouz's TikTok video last week mocks the NSW Premier and urges Sydney residents to 'don't browse' when shopping

Kairouz’s TikTok video last week mocks the NSW Premier and urges Sydney residents to ‘don’t browse’ when shopping

Kairouz appeared at Studio Ten shortly after Ms. Berejiklian’s press conference to call her response to his predictions a “non-answer.”

“I mean, just be honest and candid with the reporters,” he said. “It’s a simple calculation for me and the math doesn’t lie, what can I say.”

The sudden celebrity was also asked what tomorrow’s numbers would be.

“I’ll have to dig into the numbers in the old equation and see how I go,” he replied.

“There’s no reason for people to doubt me, that’s three in a row… and perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare, so I guess we’ll see.”

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