Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19
Published: 10:12 AM, 25 August 2020 Updated: 06:21 PM, 25 August 2020
Usain Bolt. Photo: Collected
World-record sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist is in self-quarantine at his home in Jamaica.
The news comes a week after he celebrated his 34th birthday with a big, mask-free party.
Jamaica's health ministry confirmed the information late on Monday.
Earlier on the day, Bolt - who holds world records in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints - posted a video on social media saying he had been tested and was awaiting the results.
In the video, Bolt was seen lying in bed and he said: "Just to be safe, I quarantined myself and just taking it easy." The video was posted with the caption "Stay safe my ppl".
He said he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Bolt took the test on Saturday, the day after he celebrated his birthday at a bash where partygoers danced to the hit, Lockdown, by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee.
Manchester City star and England national team football player Raheem Sterling was among those who attended the party. He has been advised to self-isolate after his possible exposure.