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JAMAICA | Usain Bolt Tests positive for COVID-19, Investigations under way

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Featured Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usaid Bolt has tested positive for Coronavirus Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usaid Bolt has tested positive for Coronavirus
KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 25, 2020-  Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, has confirmed that the COVID-19 test result for sprint star Usain Bolt has returned positive and he has been formally notified.

Tufton, who was responding to a question at an online press briefing on Monday evening, said the authorities have initiated contact tracing.

Jamaica’s retired Olympic sprint champion, who celebrated his 34th birthday with a lavish party on Friday, is said to have taken the test on the weekend as he prepared to travel overseas.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed that the matter is now being investigated by the police and said that the legendary sprinter will not benefit from any special treatment in the process.

“No one is going to be treated with any exemption, so all Jamaicans have a duty, and those who have public ear and influence in the public sphere have an even greater (responsibility),” Holness said during an online press conference on Monday.

The Olympic and world multi-medalist in the 100 and 200 meter sprints was reported infected with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, just days after celebrating his 34th birthday at a party on Friday August 21.

The party, which was attended by a host of local and international celebrities, including Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey and former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner, as well as entertainers, has been the bane of criticism after videos surfaced online showing COVID-19 breaches.

Bolt's contagion comes amid an increase in infections from the pandemic in Jamaica, which on Sunday totalled 116 new cases, its largest increase in a day, while on Monday evening the Health Minister reported an additional 83 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The health authorities attributed the increase to 1,529 Covid-19 patients to the large number of meetings and parties during the first week of August, when the country celebrated Emancipation and Independence Day.

  • Countries: Jamaica