Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is reportedly quarantined at his home after testing positive for coronavirus just days after celebrating his 34th birthday at a party without a mask.
Bolt took to social media on Monday to announce that he had been self-quarantined at home as a precaution after being tested for COVID-19 on Saturday.
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“I’m trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay and stay away from my friends,” he said in a video posted to Instagram and Twitter. “I have no symptoms (but) I will go into quarantine. ”
But soon after, Jamaica’s Department of Health confirmed that Bolt had indeed tested positive.
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“It is now common knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been officially informed, I am told, by the authorities, ”the Minister of Health and Welfare said at a press conference.
Bolt was tested just a day after celebrating his birthday at a party without a mask, ESPN reported.
“The best birthday ever,” Bolt said in a separate Instagram post of him holding his newborn daughter, Olympia.
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Between 2008 and 2016, the Jamaican sprinter competed in three Olympic Games. In every event he raced, Bolt has won. He accumulated a total of eight gold medals during his career.