The health ministry confirmed the news and said that the athlete is in quarantine.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of people around the world. According to CNN, Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive tested positive for the virus, confirmed the health ministry of Jamaica on 24 August, 2020.
"It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has been tested positive," stated Christopher Tufton, the Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, in a virtual press conference. He added, "He has been formally notified -- I'm told -- by the authorities and in keeping with standard protocols once there is a positive case, irrespective of the individual, it triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which would then follow through with contact tracing."
The confirmation comes after the world-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist posted a video on social media about his testing. In the video, the athlete, who appeared to be on bed claimed he was waiting for his test results.
“I'm trying to be responsible so I'm going to stay in and stay in for my friends. Also, I'm having no symptoms. Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy. Stay safe my ppl," said the Olympian, according to NBC News. Prior to the results, he even urged his friends, who were around him to quarantine themselves.
The sprinter's agent Ricky Simms also confirmed the news after the test results arrived. He added that he was asymptomatic. "The COVID test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms," wrote Simms, in an email to CNN.
Bolt tested for the virus just a day after his 34th birthday bash that was attended by a "host of local and international celebrities." According to CNN, the birthday celebration broke the pandemic guidelines.
The prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness said there would not be any special treatment for anyone, who broke the precautionary guidelines. The celebration came just a day after Holness addressed the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. He also instructed the public to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
"The authorities have advised that our surge in cases can be clearly linked to a number of activities -- church conventions, funerals, parties and gatherings above the 20 rule. There are a number of pictures and videos that have been circulating of parties with no mask-wearing, no social distancing etc. There are also reports of an activity relating to Usain Bolt," said Holness, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017 posted pictures of his birthday celebrations on Instagram. “Best birthday ever,” wrote the star with a picture of him holding his daughter. Fans wished Bolt for a speedy recovery. “Drink up your ginger tea,” wrote one fan.
Jamaica now has around 1,612 confirmed cases and 622 active cases. About 16 deaths have been reported from the country.