Today show's Karl Stefanovic goes off-script with lockdown admission

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Today show host Karl Stefanovic has gone off-script and apologised to viewers, as he admitted the ongoing Covid crisis in Australia and the fact millions of people are stuck in lockdown was getting to him.

During Friday mornings breakfast program, Karl and co-host Sophie Walsh had been speaking to experts and discussing the ongoing pandemic, when the seasoned presenter turned to the camera to say he was "over it".

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Karl Stefanovic admitted he was struggling with the current lockdowns on the Today show. Photo: Channel Nine

"I'm sorry, I know I'm supposed to be on breakfast TV and all happy and stuff, but it's just not a happy time," he told viewers.

"And I want to go to the [MCG], I want to have three meat pies and 45 schooners and watch the AFL grand final.

"I don't want to see it moved to Perth. I want games back at the [MCG], I want normal life.

"I'm really upset."

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Karl Stefanovic and Sophie Walsh had spent much of the morning program talking to experts about the ongoing health crisis in Australia.

After a particularly dire interview with health policy consultant Professor Bill Bowtell later on in the show, Karl also said: "It's bleak, isn't it."

Karl's outburst came after Victoria entered its 6th lockdown, enforcing strict stay-at-home orders, just nine days after residents were released from the previous lockdown.

State premier Dan Andrews told residents he had 'no choice' but to act, telling reporters: "None of us want to be in a situation where we have to lock down again

"But the Delta variant moves so fast that with even a handful of positive cases that can't be linked, that haven't been in isolation through their infectious period, there is no alternative for us."

NSW announced 291 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Friday — the second successive day a record total has been recorded.

The state has now passed the grim milestone of 10,000 cases since the pandemic began with the tally surging to 10,157 cases. There have been 4,610 cases from the latest outbreak alone, which began on June 16.

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