Bolt is however, not showing any symptoms of it
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has indeed tested positive for the coronavirus, like the rumours indicated. The news was confirmed by his agent Ricky Simms on Tuesday.
“The COVID test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms,” Simms stated on his email to CNN.
Quarantining despite showing no symptoms
Reports of Bolt having tested positive first came from reports by the Jamaican media, who stated that the retired ace sprinter tested positive just days after celebrating his 34th birthday with a lavish party.
Bolt announced on Monday that he was quarantining himself while he awaited the results of his test. He didn’t confirm that he was tested positive but urged everyone he had been in contact with to quarantine themselves. In a video he posted on Twitter, he said, “I did a test on Saturday to leave (Jamaica) because I have work. I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and be safe.”
He added, ” I am having no symptoms, I will quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and to see how I go about quarantining myself from the Ministry if Health.”
Andrew Holiness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica stated on Monday that the police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Bolt’s birthday party. He said that everything is being thoroughly investigated and that the police will be reporting it in the future. This could mean investigating the guests at the party, as one of them must’ve been positive at that time.
Bolt had not competed internationally since the 2017 World Championships at London. He became a father in May after his partner Kasi Bennet delivered a girl.