Usain Bolt in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus
The Jamaican record holder is self-isolating at his home after celebrating his 34th birthday with a mask-free party last week.
World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica after last week celebrating his 34th birthday with a mask-free big bash.
Jamaica's health ministry confirmed late on Monday that Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m and 200m categories, had tested positive after he posted a video on social media around midday saying he was waiting to hear back on his results.
Bolt taking it easy
"Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy," Bolt said in the message that he appeared to have taped himself while lying in bed. It was posted with the caption "Stay safe my ppl".
The only sprinter to win the 100m and 200m golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) said he did not have any symptoms of Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Bolt said he 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.
"Best birthday ever," Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, wrote on Instagram, posting a photo of himself holding his daughter, Olympia, who was born in May. Fans wished Bolt a speedy recovery on social media - "drink up your ginger tea," one wrote - although some accused him of carelessness.
Happy birthday to our limitless champion and an unforgettable sportsman who will forever hold a special place in our hearts, @usainbolt!— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 21, 2020
Salute to a legend! Thank you for all you have done for the sport of athletics and Jamaica. pic.twitter.com/O2mvGXv7rY
Covid-19 cases rising in Jamaica
Daily confirmed cases in Jamaica have surged to more than 60 per day over the past four days from less than 10 just a few weeks ago. Jamaica now has 1,612 confirmed cases, with 622 active cases and 16 deaths from coronavirus.
Officials put the uptick in cases down to the reopening of international borders as well as celebrations over a long weekend in August marking Independence Day and Emancipation Day. They also put the blame at the feet of people who refuse to wear masks and practice social distancing. Authorities have delayed the reopening of schools for one month and citizens are under a national curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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