Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus after attending his own birthday party

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending his 34th birthday party on Friday, Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness, Christopher Tufton, announced Monday night.

Bolt released a video on social media on Monday announcing that he had been tested Saturday and was awaiting the results.

He said he was not showing symptoms and was quarantining as a precaution while awaiting the results. When they came, they were positive.

“Be safe out there,” Bolt said in the video.

Bolt, who turned 34 on Friday, was captured on video dancing with others without wearing a mask or social distancing during his birthday party in Jamaica.

In attendance were other pro athletes, including Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey. 

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