Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is as Jamaica’s Prime Minister says there will no special treatment if anyone has been found to break the rules stemming from a party held for the former sprinter’s recent 34th birthday.
Ricky Simms, Bolt’s agent, confirmed the Olympic great’s positive test.
He said “The Covid test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms”.
The Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tuftn also confirmed this, saying “It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has been tested positive.”
“He has been formally notified by the authorities and in keeping with standard protocols once there is a positive case, irrespective of the individual, it triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which would then follow through with contact tracing.”
Two notable footballers, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, reportedly attended Friday’s bash.
After the party, Bolt had posted a video on social media in anticipation of the test results.
He however received the test on Saturday, and consequently urged those who had been around him to also self isolate.
He said “I did a test on Saturday because I have work. I’m trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay in and stay in for my friends. Also, I’m having no symptoms”.
He further said “I’m going to quarantine myself and wait to see what the protocol is, until then, I’m quarantined by myself and just taking it easy. Be safe out there.”
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness had recently spelt out the importance of wearing masks in public, and the need to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people and maintaining social distance.
Little of that appeared to be followed at the party, as seen in a recent Instagram video.
Reports have it that Bolt was seen dancing and mingling with guests. The party was also reported to have been attended by a “host of local and international celebrities.”
Both Sterling and Bailey were tagged in social media videos believed to be taken at the party.
The Prime Minister was reported to have said “The police are investigating in 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 and of course those who have the public air and have influence in public spheres they have an even greater duty.”
He further said “There are a number of pictures and videos that have been circulating of parties with no mask wearing, no social distancing etc”.
Jamaica has over 1,600 cases and at least 16 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of daily confirmed cases soared to 116 on August 25, its highest daily total, according to the World Health Organization.
Culled from CNN