Usain Bolt, ‘Fastest Man Alive’, Has Coronavirus

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, called the fastest man alive, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is said to be in self-isolation now in his home in Jamaica. He has just celebrated his 34th birthday. 

On Monday, the Jamaican health ministry confirmed that Bolt had tested positive. He had earlier posted a video on social media saying he was waiting to hear back on his results.

β€œJust to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” Bolt said in the message that he appeared to have taped himself while lying in bed. It was posted with the caption β€œStay safe my ppl.”

The athlete said he did not feel any symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. 

He explained that he took the test on Saturday, a day after celebrating a big, no-mask birthday party with lots of dancing.

β€œBest birthday ever,” Bolt, who retired from sports in 2017, wrote on Instagram, posting a photo of himself holding his daughter, Olympia, who was born in May.

Fans wished the athlete a speedy recovery although some accused him of being careless.