It’s no secret that the coronavirus is so contagious that the numbers of those getting infected keep climbing daily. One person on the list who has tested positive is eight-time Olympic gold medal winner and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
Bolt’s agent confirmed on Tuesday that the 34-year-old had tested positive for the coronavirus. “The COVID test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms,” Ricky Simms told CNN in an email. Simms’ statement confirms earlier reports by Jamaican media that the retired sprinter tested positive just days after he celebrated his 34th birthday with a lavish party amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Bolt announced on Instagram that he had quarantined himself, pending the result of the test he took on the weekend. While he didn’t confirm his test result, he urged anyone who had been in contact with him to go into quarantine.
“I did a test on Saturday to leave (Jamaica) because I have work,” Bolt said in a video posted on Twitter. “I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and be safe. Also, I am having no symptoms, I will quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and to see how I go about quarantining myself from the Ministry of Health. Until then, I will call my friends and tell them once they came in contact with me to be safe, quarantine and take it easy.”
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness said earlier this week that police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Bolt’s birthday party. “There are reports of an activity related to Usain Bolt,” Holness told a virtual news conference. “These matters are all being thoroughly investigated and the police will give a report on these matters in near future.”
Bolt last competed internationally at the 2017 World Championships in London. He and partner Kasi Bennet welcomed the birth of a daughter in May.
Source: AFP Relax News