EXCLUSIVE: TikTok comedian who sensationally predicted NSW Covid case numbers is hospitalized with virus while his father is treated in ICU – as it is revealed he plans to challenge anti-lockdown rally charges
- Jon-Bernard Kairouz, 24, is in a Covid-19 ward with his father Richard
- Entire family is in isolation and father has been transferred to the ICU
- Plans to challenge charges after he delivered a speech at an anti-lockdown rally
- He was known as ‘the TikTok man’ after correctly disclosing the NSW case numbers
A TikTok comedian who rose to fame after correctly forecasting the daily numbers of Covid cases in NSW has joined his father battling for his life in hospital with the virus.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz, 24, is in a Covid-19 ward at St George Hospital in Sydney’s Kogarah, multiple sources told Daily Mail Australia.
His father Richard Kairouz has also been battling the disease in the same facility since Sept. 4, but sources say the gym owner has been placed in an artificial coma in the ICU since then.
Mr Kairouz junior became known as ‘the TikTok man’ after repeatedly revealing the NSW Covid count earlier this year, just hours before Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.
His sensational five-day steak ended in July when he got the numbers wrong, but he made headlines days later when he was charged with giving a speech during the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz (pictured) rose to fame after correctly predicting the daily number of NSW case numbers in NSW
Jon-Bernard Kairouz and his father Richard Kairouz (pictured together) are hospitalized with Covid-19
Bankstown’s local court heard on Wednesday that the entertainer plans to fight two counts of noncompliance with the noted/Covid-19 and encourage crime when he appears at the Downing Center in October.
Calling himself ‘the Prime Minister of the people’, Kairouz spoke to a cheering crowd of passionate Australians who gleefully held signs condemning lockdowns, masks and vaccines.
“All we want is freedom,” he told about 3,500 protesters.
“I have to say I’ve cracked the numbers, I don’t think things will go up tomorrow.
“From what I’ve calculated, there are over 50,000 people here today,” he falsely claimed.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz set up anti-lockdown protesters at an illegal rally in Sydney in July (pictured)
Three police detectives waited outside his home in Belmore, south-west Sydney, on Sunday, July 25, to hand him his certificate of attendance.
NSW police have released tense images of him as detectives confronted Kairouz in the street as he returned from a practice session.
A source close to the family said last week that the family has been hit hard by Covid.
“He was symptomatic… and continued to deteriorate,” they said, referring to Mr Kairouz senior.
‘(He) decided to go to the hospital on Saturday afternoon. The whole family is in isolation at home.
“Having predicted the Covid-19 numbers on a daily basis, (Jon-Bernard) could not predict that he (his father) would get it.”
Jon-Bernard Kairouz’ streak of accurate Covid case numbers ended after just five days in July
Kairouz can be seen above when he was charged by officers on the street near his family’s home on July 25.
It is still unclear how Mr Kairouz was able to accurately predict the numbers of Covid cases for five days in a row.
The feat has not been repeated by anyone except a handful of well-connected political reporters who have reliably forecast margin numbers.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard denied that a ‘trap’ had been set for Mr Kairouz where false information was given to his source.
Kairouz reveled in his stardom, telling reporters prior to the indictment that he was “having a ball.”
“It’s been a whirlwind,” he added.
Mr Kairouz has been less prominent in the aftermath of the police crackdown. None of the family responded to repeated requests for comment.