'TikTok guy' who predicted NSW case numbers now in hospital with Covid

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Viral TikTok sensation Jon-Bernard Kairouz, who rose to fame for correctly predicting NSW’s Covid-19 case numbers, has reportedly been hospitalised with the virus.

The 24-year-old comedian is being treated for Delta in the Covid-19 ward at Kogarah’s St George Hospital along with his father, Richard Kairouz, who is fighting for his life, according to the DailyMail.

TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz shot to fame for correctly “predicting” NSW’s daily case numbers. Source: TikTok/Jon-Bernard Kairouz
TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz shot to fame for correctly “predicting” NSW’s daily case numbers. Source: TikTok/Jon-Bernard Kairouz

Sources told the publication Richard, who was hospitalised with the virus on September 4, has been placed into an induced coma in the intensive care unit.

“He was symptomatic … and kept deteriorating,” a source close to the family reportedly said last week.

“After predicting the Covid-19 numbers daily, (Jon-Bernard) couldn’t predict that (his dad) would contract it.”

Mr Kairouz is yet to comment on his condition.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz and his father Richard Kairouz are being treated in hospital for Covid-19. Source: Instagram/jonbernardk
Jon-Bernard Kairouz and his father Richard Kairouz are being treated in hospital for Covid-19. Source: Instagram/jonbernardk

Covid diagnosis comes amid court battle

The news of his Covid battle comes a day after Mr Kairouz was scheduled to appear at Bankstown Local Court over a July 24 anti-lockdown protest in Sydney.

Mr Kairouz is facing two counts of not comply with noticed direction/Covid-19 and encourage commission of crime.

The comedian allegedly defied public health orders, speaking to a crowd of thousands during the rally.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it's a pleasure to be here as the people's premier," he said to the sea of people, with just a few seen wearing face masks.

Mr Kairouz, later deleted protest footage from his Instagram account after detectives attended his home and issued him with a penalty infringement notice.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz attended the July 24 anti-lockdown protest in Sydney. Source: TikTok/AAP
Jon-Bernard Kairouz attended the July 24 anti-lockdown protest in Sydney. Source: TikTok/AAP

TikTok guy’s five-day streak

He initially gained notoriety as the “TikTok Guy” who had a streak of accurately "predicting" NSW's daily Covid numbers hours before they were officially announced.

There were many theories to explain his accuracy, which he claimed was merely "complicated calculus".

But he fell short on July 19, when he wrongly predicted there would be 109 new infections – when there were just 98.

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