Undoubtedly known as the world’s fastest man, 4-time Olympian Usain Bolt may be the greatest sprinter of all time, but he could not outrun the COVID-19 virus.
Bolt is the current world record holder in the 100 meters and 200m. He won the 100m sprint in three Olympics consecutively, an amazing feat which will go down in the history books.
Last Friday, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist was reportedly celebrating his 33rd birthday at a party which hosted local and international celebrities including notable footballers Raheem Sterling and Leon Bailey, according to multiple media reports in Jamaica.
In a virtual press conference Monday, the Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness confirmed that Bolt was tested positive for COVID-19 in a test given on Saturday. Bolt said he intended to quarantine himself at home and urged those who had been around him to also isolate.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness had spelled out last Friday the importance of wearing masks in public. Gatherings of more than 20 people should be avoided gatherings and social distance should be maintained. Currently, Jamaica has recorded over 1,600 cases and at least 16 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the number of daily cases soared to 116 on August 25, its highest daily total.