- In a video posted to Twitter and Instagram, Usain Bolt said he got a COVID-19 test on Saturday and is awaiting results.
- He’s not experiencing any symptoms at this time, and is self-quarantining just to be safe.
- The sprinter turned 34 on August 21 and recommended anyone who had been in contact with him recently quarantine just to be safe.
World record-holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who has won nine Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship titles, has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was confirmed by Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton, Ph.D., in a press conference on Monday, August 24. The protocol for his positive diagnosis will also involve contact tracing for those who have recently been with Bolt, Tufton said.
In the videos that he posted, Bolt said he woke up and saw the reports on social media saying that he had COVID-19. He then took matters into his own hands and provided his own updates. He captioned the videos 'Stay safe my ppl 🙏🏿.'
Bolt, who became a dad earlier this year, said he got tested on Saturday, August 22, for work, and he is waiting on confirmation and to see what the protocol is. The sprinter said that at this time, he is not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, that he’s 'quarantining just to be safe,' and is going to take it easy until he has more information.
Bolt turned 34 on August 21. In his video, he recommended that anyone who has recently been in contact with him to also self-quarantine.
Runner’s World will update this story as more information becomes available.
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