The Jamaican international sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the Covid-19 and is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica after last week celebrating his 34th birthday with a big bash mask-free.
On Monday Jamaica's health ministry confirmed that Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m and 200m distance, had tested positive after he posted a video on social media around midday saying he was waiting to hear back on his results.
While addressing media, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton confirmed that the COVID-19 test result for sprint star Usain Bolt has returned positive and he has been formally notified.
"Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy," Bolt posted on social media.
The only sprinter to win the 100m and 200m golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), Bolt said he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Bolt said he took the test on Saturday, the day after he celebrated his birthday at a bash where partygoers danced to the hit "Lockdown" by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee.