Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus

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Ricky Simms, Bolt’s agent, confirmed the great Olympian’s positive test to CNN.

“The Covid test was positive, but Usain shows no symptoms,” he wrote to CNN in an email.

“It is now common knowledge that Mr Bolt has tested positive,” Dr Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Welfare, said in a virtual press conference Monday.

“It has been officially notified – I am told – by the authorities and in accordance with standard protocols as soon as there is a positive case, regardless of the individual, this triggers an interrogation approach, of questioning if you want, what to continue with the search for contacts. ”

Two notable footballers, Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, were said to have attended the party on Friday, according to multiple outlets in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Gleaner quoted Craig Butler, who he said was Bailey’s manager and adoptive father, as saying: “How could Leon not attend and support his friend? ”

Manchester City did not comment on a phone call when asked about Sterling’s apparent presence at the party, while Leverkusen said in an email he could not comment as long as he did not know more details.

Sterling and Bailey’s management company Colossal Sports Management did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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‘I’m going to quarantine’

Bolt, the 100-meter and 200-meter world record holder and eight-time Olympic gold medalist, posted a video on social media earlier Monday ahead of test results.

He had taken the test on Saturday, he said, and intended to quarantine him. He urged those around him to isolate himself as well.

“I took a test on Saturday because I have a job,” Bolt said. “I’m trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay and stay for my friends. Moreover, I have no symptoms.

“I’m going to quarantine myself and wait and see what the protocol is… until then… I’m quarantined on my own and I’m just going to take it slow.” Be safe there. ”

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday stressed the importance of wearing masks in public, avoiding gatherings of more than 20 people and maintaining social distancing.

Not much seems to have been followed, as shown in a recent Instagram video, posted on Friday, appearing to show Bolt’s birthday party.

Bolt can be seen dancing and mingling with the guests. The Gleaner reported that the party was attended by a “host of local and international celebrities.”

Jamaican Usain Bolt kisses his shoe after winning the men's 100m final at the National Stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 16, 2008.

Sterling and Bailey were both tagged in social media videos allegedly taken at the party.

“Authorities have indicated that our increase in cases can be clearly linked to a number of activities – church conventions, funerals, parties and gatherings above the Rule of 20,” Holness said Monday in a statement. virtual press conference.

“There are a number of images and videos that have circulated of parties without a mask, without social distancing, etc.

“There are also reports of activity involving Usain Bolt,” he added.

There are no upcoming games for Jamaica.

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