Dr Kerry Chant's press conference 'slip up' sparks heartwarming reaction

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Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant seems to have only endeared herself to the public more after apologising for a “slip up” during a press conference.

NSW has placed restrictions on people singing and dancing in nightclubs until January 27 after an announcement on Friday. Patrons are also being told to sit while drinking and eating.

Dr Chant told reporters 50 per cent of cases in the past week have been people aged 20-39 and explained how health authorities were concerned of transmission at nightclubs and pubs.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant speaks at a press conference.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant apologises after saying 'hang with'. Source: ABC News

“So if you normally hang with – interact with – sorry, I should never – a middle-age person or an older person should never try to use any language like that, so apologies,” Dr Chant said.

“If you can just stay with the groups that you normally engage with, don't go into environments where you're mixing more broadly.”

It is difficult trying to be cool (well, maybe if you’re not this reporter).

But regardless, Dr Chant’s mid-conference jibe at herself sparked some heartwarming reactions on Twitter.

“Dr Kerry Chant, never let your age get in the way of hip colloquial language,” one woman tweeted before adding the CHO was welcome to “hang with the rest of us anytime”.

Another woman tweeted she loved Dr Chant saying “hang with”.

“Dr Chant correcting herself from saying 'hang' was just the best,” one man tweeted.

Another woman joked Dr Chant was about to say, “If you normally hang with a big-a*** crew, hold up”.

“We would have loved it, Kerry,” she tweeted.

Others added they would let the CHO “hang out” with them “anytime”.

“Dr Kerry Chant laughing at herself is the hope I need right now,” one woman tweeted.

NSW recorded more than 38,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, along with a further 11 deaths.

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