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JAMAICA | Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt awaits test result for Covid-19

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Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt awaiting result of COVID-19 tests Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt awaiting result of COVID-19 tests
KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 21, 2020- Jamaica’s athletic legend and retired Olympic sprint champion, Usain Bolt, is awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests which he took over the weekend ahead of an overseas trip. 

In a video on his Instagram account, Bolt said he woke up to news on social media Monday morning that he had tested positive for the virus, however, he has not received confirmation. 

According to Bolt, he is not experiencing symptoms associated with the virus but will quarantine himself until he receives his results from the Ministry of Health. 

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

The publication also noted that Bolt's guests include England soccer star Raheem Sterling.

In the meantime, Bolt who has refuted the reports, said he has urged persons who have come in contact with him "just to be safe (and) quarantine by yourself."

Clips have been circulating on social media of a birthday party held for Bolt on Friday, at which several people were observed not wearing masks or following physical distancing rules.  

Bolt's suspected contagion comes amid an increase in infections from the pandemic in Jamaica, which in the past 24 hours reported 116 new cases, its largest increase in a day.

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.

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Last modified onTuesday, 25 August 2020 08:14
  • Countries: Jamaica