The retired Jamaican superstar says he is in quarantine after taking a Covid-19 test following a birthday party.
Reports say the 34-year-old received the positive result on Sunday after taking the test a few days ago.
He was reportedly attending a birthday party in Jamaica with England football star Raheem Sterling and cricketer Chris Gayle.
Bolt took to social media to release a video telling fans he had contracted the virus.
“I’m just waking up, and like everybody else I checked social media which is saying I am confirmed to have Covid-19,” said Bolt, who had a surprise birthday party thrown in his honour on Friday. “I did a test on Saturday to leave because I work. I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”
“I’m having no symptoms so I am going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation, to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself,” Bolt added. “Until then, I am saying anyone who has had contact with me should quarantine by themselves just to be safe, and just to take it easy.”
He has been told to self-quarantine pending further developments.
Raheem Sterling is reportedly still in Jamaica according to a statement released by Manchester City.
The statement said that Sterling would be tested for Covid-19 before returning to a biosecure bubble in time for the start of the new football season.
Sterling is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark in early September.
Jamaica has had a confirmed total of 1,413 Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths on the island of around three million people. But there are fears that cases could be on the rise, especially in the capital Kingston, with 410 new cases in the last 14 days.
Bolt won 8 Olympic gold medals in a glittering career before retiring in 2017.
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