Eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus, Jamaica’s Loop News reported.
Bolt is reportedly in isolation at his home after holding his 34th birthday in a mask-free party last week.
Jamaica’s Health Ministry confirmed the news of Bolt being infected, after the 100m and 200m world record holder posted on his social media saying he was waiting to hear back on his results.
“Just be safe, I quarantined myself, and I am just taking it easy,” legendary Bolt said in a video he filmed himself while in bed. The video was captioned, “Stay safe my ppl (people).”
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
Fans from all over the world wished Bolt a speedy recovery although some accused him of being careless. Bolt said he was tested on Saturday, a day after he attended a party where partygoers danced to the hit tune Lockdown by Jamaica’s Koffee. Bolt wrote on his Twitter account, “Best birthday ever,” with a photo of himself holding his baby Olympia.
Best birthday ever 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/gf16igLFjA
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 22, 2020
ABC News reported that West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle and Premier League footballer Raheem Sterling went to the party.
Gayle, through a video on his Instagram, said he took a test so he could travel and the result turned negative.
Jamaica has so far confirmed 1612 positive cases of coronavirus, 974 recoveries and 16 deaths.
Officials have attributed the recent spike from 10 cases per day to 60 cases to the reopening of international borders and holding of celebrations in disregard to COVID-19 rules.