Usain Bolt, also known as the fastest man alive tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Jamaican sprinter, was seen partying with several guests on his 34th birthday. England and Manchester City footballer, Raheem Sterling, cricketer Chris Gayle and Bayer Leverkusen player Leon Bailey were seen at the birthday celebrations. Bolt is believed to have tested positive for the virus post the celebrations. According to the reports, the host party flouted all distancing social conventions and the guests were seen not wearing masks either. The incident took place on August 21.
Bolt was seen engaging with his guests in the party footage. He was also seen taking to the microphone while at the outdoor bash speakers blacked out an Adele song. The guests also danced to the song Lockdown produced by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee in reference to the pandemic.
The thirty four year old sprinter took to social media for the confirmation of the same. The news was first reported from a Jamaican radio station, ‘Nationwide90fm,’ stating that the disease had been contracted. Bolt while giving his confirmation said that he had decided to adopt self isolation as a preventive and treatment measure. Further, he posted a video on his official twitter page confirming the same. Bolt underwent tests a few days earlier and learnt about testing positive for the same on Sunday.
Bolt is seen in the video saying, ‘Good morning everybody, just waking up. Like everybody, I’ve checked social media, social media’s saying I’m confirmed (tested positive for the virus). I did a test on Saturday because I have work.
He further added that “I’m is trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay in for me and my friends. Also, I have no symptoms. I’m going to quarantine myself and wait to see what the protocol is. Until then, I’m quarantined by myself and just taking it easy. Be safe out there.”
Twitter video : Usain Bolt tested positive
Stay Safe my ppl ?? pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
The state of Jamaica has reported 1529 cases and 16 deaths so far.