The sprint legend and eight time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt tested positive for highly contagious Coronavirus infection, Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s minister of health and confirmed on Monday after celebrating his 34th birthday party Friday. It was attended by England footballer Raheem Sterling and several other sports stars.
Before getting Covid-19 positive on Monday, Bolt released a video on Instagram in which he said he had quarantined himself, and awaiting for the result of the test he took on Saturday.
“I’m having no symptoms so I am going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation, to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself,” Bolt said.
“Until then, I am saying anyone who has had contact with me should quarantine by themselves just to be safe, and just to take it easy.” He added.
At virtual news conference held on Monday, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness said police are investigating Bolt’s party as Bolt was captured on video dancing with others without wearing a mask or social distancing during a party in Jamaica.
Bolt became the fastest man alive who hold world-records in 100-meter and 200-meter dash time of 9.58 sec and 19.19sec respectively at the at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Before retiring in 2017, he won eight gold medals in Olympics.