Jamaican sprinter and icon Usain Bolt has tested positive with COVID-19 after celebrating his 34th birthday amongst other superstar athletes.
It has been confirmed that sprinting legend Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus after celebrating his 34th birthday with a huge surprise party. The athlete enjoyed the celebrations in Manchester City, but concerns have now been raised as to whether Bolt and co. maintained proper social distancing protocols.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness stated that the police are now investigating the case. “They’re looking into all aspects of the matter. So no one is going to be treated with any exemption or given any special treatment. All Jamaicans have a duty,” he said.
Bolt posted to social media on Monday saying that he was awaiting his test results from Saturday. The news was soon followed by an announcement from Jamaica’s Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton, revealing that the test came back positive. Bolt publicly announced in a quick clip that he wasn’t experiencing any symptoms as of yet and that he would “stay in and stay here for my friends.”
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
“It is now public knowledge that Mr Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” stated Tufton. “It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing.”
Other notable party attendees included Premier League star Raheem Sterling and former West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, who among others, will now also have to take appropriate testing and self-isolation measures.
Jamaica’s current tally of active COVID-19 cases sits at 1,612.
Corona to Usain Bolt: pic.twitter.com/VhcpJSRWlT
— Mazi Zeus☇ (@TunzDev) August 25, 2020
On a related note, NBC is now getting dragged on Twitter after an article they published with the news featured a picture of American comedian Kevin Hart instead of Bolt. Whilst most laughed off the mistake, some pointed it out as an example of systemic racism.
— Imari Speaks 🎙📺📻🎮 (@ImariSpeaks) August 25, 2020
Pretty sure that’s not Usain Bolt in this pic…. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/WPWhqOwKwD
— Team Runner For Life (@TeamRunner4Life) August 25, 2020
Is Usain Bolt running so fast he is a blur behind Kevin Hart? pic.twitter.com/PEXdKDX3q9
— The Geeky Waffle Network (@Geeky_Waffle) August 26, 2020
Damn man COVID made Usain Bolt shorter 😞 pic.twitter.com/piG5ZdlJCp
— IGZ (@igzrap) August 25, 2020
— social distancing hill⚡️ (@hillmacmagill) August 25, 2020
— Rodney White (@Whitediculous) August 25, 2020
As journalists, our credibility is everything. pic.twitter.com/ep5g7KuN2D
— Marlon A. Walker (@marlonawalker) August 25, 2020
NBC has since fixed the error, but not before Hart posted a screenshot to Instagram, joking, “I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule.”
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No comment 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️…..I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight….I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever….Shit just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule….IM BACK BITCHES!!!!!! 🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️ P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels….All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️😂😂😂
Let’s hope it’s a quick recovery for Usain Bolt.