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New York (AFP)
Jamaican Sprint King agent Usain Bolt confirmed on Tuesday that the eight-time Olympic gold medalist had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The Covid test was positive, but Usain shows no symptoms,” Ricky Simms told US news channel CNN in an email.
Simms’ statement confirms earlier Jamaican media reports that the retired sprinter tested positive just days after celebrating his 34th birthday with a lavish party amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Bolt announced on Instagram that he had quarantined himself, pending the result of the test he took on Saturday.
Bolt did not confirm the result of his test, but he urged anyone who had come in contact with him to self-quarantine.
“I took a test on Saturday to leave (Jamaica) because I have a job,” Bolt said in a video posted to Twitter. “I’m trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay and be safe.
“Also, I have no symptoms, I’m going to quarantine myself and wait for confirmation to see what the protocol is and to see how I’m going to quarantine myself from the Ministry of Health.
“Until then, I’m going to call my friends and tell them once they get in touch with me to be safe, quarantine, and relax,” Bolt said.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Monday that police were investigating the circumstances surrounding Bolt’s birthday party.
“There are reports of activity related to Usain Bolt,” Holness said at a virtual press conference.
“These matters are all being fully investigated and the police will report on these matters in the near future. ”
Bolt last competed internationally at the 2017 World Championships in London. He and his partner Kasi Bennet welcomed the birth of a daughter in May.
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