Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed late Monday that Bolt, who holds world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter distance, tested positive after he posted a video on social media around midday saying that he was waiting on his results.
“Just to be safe, I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” Bolt said in the video while lying in bed.
The only sprinter to win the 100-meter and 200-meter golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) added that he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Bolt said he took the test on Saturday, the day after he celebrated his birthday.
“Best birthday ever,” Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, wrote on Instagram with 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 — though some accused him of carelessness.
Confirmed cases in Jamaica have surged to more than 60 per day over the past four days, from fewer than 10 just a few weeks ago. Jamaica has 1,612 confirmed cases, with 622 active cases and 16 deaths.