Usain Bolt tested positive for the coronavirus — but had no symptoms as of Monday morning — after taking a test on Saturday, Jamaica’s minister of health said.
Bolt has not publicly confirmed whether his test came back positive.
“It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has been tested positive,” Dr. Christopher Tufton said Monday evening. “He has been formally notified, I’m told, by the authorities.”
Bolt addressed the test earlier Monday, when he was awaiting results.
“Just waking up, like everybody else, checked social media, saw that social media saying I’m confirmed to have COVID-19,” Bolt said. “I am trying to be responsible, so I am going to stay in and stay away from my friends.”
Bolt said he took the test because he planned to travel for unspecified work.
Video shared on social media over the weekend appeared to show Bolt, who turned 34 on Friday, dancing outdoors in close proximity with others. Nobody in the video, reported to be from his birthday party, wore a mask.
Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness said police are investigating when asked in a press conference how authorities were treating the event.
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020