WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Jamaican superstar sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s health ministry said on late Monday.
- Fans sent their well-wishes while others criticized the world’s fastest man for not being careful.
- Jamaica has recorded a surge of COVID-19 cases in the last four days, having at least 60 new infections per day.
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt has contracted the novel coronavirus, the health ministry of Jamaica confirmed on Monday night. Staying at his residence in Jamaica, Bolt is currently on self-quarantine after hosting a mask-free party for his 34th birthday celebration last week.
On midday Monday, Bolt shared a video on his social media account, saying that he got tested and waiting for the results.
“Just to be safe, I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” he said while lying in bed.
Bolt said that he took the test the following day after his birthday celebration last Friday.
“Best birthday ever,” Bolt captioned on his Instagram photo holding his newborn daughter, Olympia.
Fans sent their well-wishes on social media while others slammed the superstar sprinter for not being cautious.
Usain Bolt is the only sprinter that holds three consecutive gold medals for the 100-meter and 200-meter in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
The pandemic threat in Jamaica made Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for an early election which will be held next month. On Sunday, Holness postponed all of his campaign activities and pleaded other parties to suspend their gatherings as well.
According to authorities, the reopening of international borders and the long weekend celebrations this month were the reason for the new surge of coronavirus infections. They also cited people who do not follow the health guidelines such as observing social distancing and wearing face masks.
Officials moved the school reopening to October. A curfew from 7pm to 5am was placed nationwide.
In the past four days, COVID-19 cases in Jamaica jumped to over 60 daily from less than 10 in the last few weeks. To date, the country has recorded 1,612 cases, 622 of which are active cases, and 16 fatalities.