Retired Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt posted a video on social media to explain how he tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.
Bolt, who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last three Olympics sent the video on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters.
Jamaica’s Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton said the legendary sprinter was aware of the results and his recent contacts were being traced.
“It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive,” said Tufton talking to reporters on Monday evening, adding that Bolt had been formally notified of his status. “It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing,” said the minister.
On Monday Bolt said on social media that he was awaiting the results of a coronavirus test and was quarantining himself as a precaution.
“Good morning everybody. Just waking up. Like everybody, checked social media and saw that social media says I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test Saturday, because I work. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”
Bolt, who appeared to be lying in bed in the video, said he had no symptoms.
“Just to be safe, I’ll quarantine myself and just take it easy,” he said.
Prime Minister, Andrew Holness said police are investigating the case but without specifying what offense might had been committed, though Jamaica had imposed social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They’re looking into all aspects of the matter. So no one is going to be treated with any exemption or given any special treatment. All Jamaicans have a duty,” he said.
Jamaica has had fewer than 1,700 cases, a relatively low number in a country of nearly 3 million.
On the track, Bolt was known for his poses – his “Lighting Bolt” became iconic – and of course his post-race celebrations. His speed and charisma made his sport can’t-miss viewing whenever he lined up in the blocks.
Bolt set the world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. He retired in 2017.