Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus
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.
Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus
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.
Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus
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.