Covid-19: World’s fastest man Usain Bolt in self-isolation after testing positive

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt is in quarantine after reportedly testing positive for Covid-19 just days after celebrating his 34th birthday.

Jamaica’s health ministry said late on Monday that Bolt, the world 100m and 200m record holder, had tested positive for the virus. 

 

He had earlier posted a video on social media saying he was waiting to hear back on his results – before urging anyone who had come into contact with him recently, including England footballer Raheem Sterling and several other sports stars who attended the sprinter’s birthday party on Friday, August 21, to self-isolate. 

 

“Just to be safe I quarantine myself and just take it easy,” Bolt said in the message that he appeared to have taped himself while lying in bed. It was posted with the caption “Stay safe my people”.

 

“Until then, I am saying anyone who has had contact with me should quarantine by themselves just to be safe, and just to take it easy,” he added.

Bolt, who turned 34 earlier this month, holds the men's 100m and 200m world records and also has eight Olympic and 11 world titles under his belt. He retired after the 2017 world championships in London.

Jamaica has so far recorded a total of 1,413 Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths on the island of around three million people. 

But there are fears that cases could be on the rise, especially in the capital Kingston, with 410 new cases in the last 14 days.

To date, close to 24 million coronavirus cases have been recorded in 213 countries and territories around the world, with over 817,211 deaths.

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