Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19 after birthday celebrations in Jamaica
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 25, 2020, 12:44 pm
World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt appeared in a video on his Twitter page to announce that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is currently in self-quarantine at his home in Jamaica, a week after his grand 34th mask-free birthday celebrations. Jamaica's health ministry too confirmed the news of Bolt testing positive for COVID-19 after the world record holder in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints said he is now awaiting the results.
Taking to his Twitter page, Bolt said he was going into self-isolation: "Good morning everybody. I’m confirmed of Covid-19. I did a test on Saturday." He added, "[I’m] trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay in, and stay away from my friends. And also, I am having no symptoms, so I am going to quarantine myself,".
"I will wait and see what the protocol is and how I should go about quarantining myself, from the Ministry of Health. Just to be safe, I have quarantined myself, and just to take it easy. Be safe over there.", Bolt said in the message along with the caption "Stay safe my ppl". Bolt is the only sprinter in the world to have won the 100-metre and 200-metre golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016). Watch the video below:
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
Apart from the Jamaican superstar, Manchester City and England national team football player, Raheem Sterling, had attended the party and has since been advised to self-isolate after his possible exposure. West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle had also attended the party, but has tested negative for COVID-19 and will be joining the Kings XI Punjab team in the upcoming IPL 2020.
Jamaica has been reporting more than 60 fresh coronavirus cases over the past four days after less than 10 cases just a few weeks back. The Caribbean island nation now has 1,612 confirmed cases, with 622 active cases and 16 deaths from COVID-19. Officials have stated the reopening of international borders as well as celebrations during a long weekend in August marking Independence Day and Emancipation Day as the reasons for the sudden surge in the number of cases. They have also pointed out to people refusing to wear masks and practice social distancing.