KINGSTON: World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has examined positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at his house in Jamaica after final week celebrating his 34th birthday with a giant bash mask-free.
Jamaica’s well being ministry confirmed late on Monday that Bolt, who holds world information within the 100m and 200m distance, had examined positive after he posted a video on social media round noon saying he was ready to listen to again on his outcomes.
“Simply to be protected I quarantined myself and simply taking it straightforward,” Bolt mentioned within the message that he appeared to have taped himself whereas mendacity in mattress. It was posted with the caption “Keep protected my ppl”.
The one sprinter to win the 100m and 200m golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) mentioned he didn’t have any signs of COVID-19, the respiratory sickness attributable to the novel coronavirus.
Bolt mentioned he took the check on Saturday, the day after he celebrated his birthday at a bash the place partygoers danced to the hit “Lockdown” by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee.
“Greatest birthday ever,” Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, wrote on Twitter, posting a photograph of himself holding his daughter, Olympia, who was born in Could.
Followers wished Bolt a speedy restoration on social media – “drink up your ginger tea,” one wrote – though some accused him of carelessness.
Every day confirmed instances in Jamaica have surged to greater than 60 per day over the previous 4 days from lower than 10 just some weeks in the past. Jamaica now has 1,612 confirmed instances, with 622 energetic instances and 16 deaths from coronavirus.
Officers put the uptick in instances all the way down to the reopening of worldwide borders in addition to celebrations over an extended weekend in August marking Independence Day and Emancipation Day.
In addition they put the blame on the ft of people that refuse to put on masks and apply social distancing.
The pickup has raised issues over nationwide elections that Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness known as for in September, six months forward of schedule.
Holness on Sunday suspended all his campaigning actions, together with motorcades, house visits and rallies, and requested different events to do the identical.
Authorities have additionally delayed the reopening of faculties for one month and residents are below a nationwide curfew from 7 p.m. to five a.m.