August 24, 2020
Eight-time Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a report by Jamaican radio station Nationwide 90FM. According to the report, Bolt discovered he had tested positive on Sunday and has entered self-isolation.
On Monday afternoon, Bolt tweeted a video response providing more details. Bolt did not say that he had received official confirmation of a positive test, but decided to enter self-isolation after reading on social media that he had tested positive.
“This week, like everybody else, [I] checked social media,” Bolt said. “Saw that social media said I’m confirmed to have COVID-19. Did a test on Saturday to leave, because I have work. [I] try to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends. Also I’m having no symptoms, so I’m going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself.”
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
Bolt celebrated his 34th birthday last week at a party whose guests reportedly included Manchester City soccer star Raheem Sterling.
Usain Bolt's bday party. No social distance, NO masks! 😳😠 pic.twitter.com/ogqUvk1i9r
— Verna Reid (@verna_reid) August 23, 2020
According to Google, Jamaica, an island of just under three million people, has registered 1,413 coronavirus cases but has seen a spike recently; its three highest days of new cases came on Friday (98), Saturday (56), and Sunday (67).
Bolt has not competed in track and field since retiring after earning the bronze medal in the 100 meters at the 2017 World Championships in London.
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include Bolt’s statement.