Legendary retired track star Usain Bolt yesterday denied media reports that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
“I woke up like everybody else, checked social media and saw where it was saying that I am confirmed to have Covid-19. I did a test on Saturday to leave (the island) because I have work,” the eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100m and 200 metres said in a video message posted on his Instagram account.
“I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and be safe. Also, I am having no symptoms, I will quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and to see how I go about quarantining myself from the Ministry of Health.
“Until then, I will call my friends and tell them once they came in contact with me to be safe, quarantine and take it easy. Just to let people know, be safe out there,” Bolt said in the video message.
Celebrated 34th birthday
The Jamaica Observer newspaper reported that Bolt, widely recognised as among the greatest sprinters ever, celebrated his 34th birthday with a lavish party on Friday.
The newspaper reported that Bolt, who was due to have gone on a business trip overseas, had taken the tests for the virus on the weekend.
But in his Instagram message, Bolt, who recently became a father, said he is still awaiting results of a coronavirus test, noting that he has not had any official communication from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Among those attending the surprise birthday party were Manchester City star, Jamaica’s Raheem Sterling, along with Reggae Boyz and Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, and entertainers Ding Dong, Christopher Martin and Munga Honourable.
Jamaica has experienced a serious spike in positive Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. On Sunday, the island recorded 116 new cases, bringing the tally to 1,529. There are now 622 active cases, while 16 persons have died from the virus in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who is campaigning for a September 3 general election, has since announced that he has suspended his traditional political campaigning activities, to reduce the possibility of a further spread of the coronavirus.