Olympic great Usain Bolt tests positive for the coronavirus
Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus as the Jamaican Prime Minister said there would be no special treatment if someone was found breaking the rules at a party held to mark the 34th birthday of the old runner.
Ricky Sims, Bolt’s agent, confirmed the great Olympian’s positive test for CNN.
“The Covid test was positive, but Yusen did not show any symptoms,” he wrote in an email to CNN.
“We now know that the Bolt test was positive,” Dr Christopher Tofton, Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Welfare, told a virtual press conference Monday.
“He was formally informed – I am told – by the authorities and in accordance with standard protocols once there is a positive case, regardless of the individual, this leads to an interrogation approach, an interrogation if you want, which can then result in further contact tracing.
Several media reports in Jamaica reported that two prominent footballers, Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, attended the party on Friday.
He said, “Hello everyone. I’m waking up. Like everyone else, check out social media and notice social media saying I have confirmed COVID-19.” “I did a test on Saturday, because I’m working. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay here and stay here for my friends.”
Usain Bolt , who appeared to be lying in bed in the video, said he was not showing any symptoms.
“Just to be safe I’m going to quarantine myself and take it easy,” he said.
Prime Minister Andrew Holnes said police were investigating the case. He did not specify what crime could have been committed, although Jamaica has imposed social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They are looking at all aspects of the matter. So no one will be treated with any exceptions or given special treatment. All Jamaicans have a duty,” he said.
Jamaica has fewer than 1,700 cases, which is a relatively low number in a country of nearly 3 million people.
On the track, Usain Bolt is best known for his poses – the “Lighting Bolt” has become an icon – and of course, his post-race celebrations. His speed and agility made his sport a must-have whenever he lined up in boulders.
Jamaica has more than 1,600 cases and at least 16 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed cases per day rose to 116 on August 25, its highest daily total, according to the World Health Organization.
Sterling was included in the England squad on Tuesday for the next Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.
reported by cnn