Sunday 25 October, 2020

WATCH: Bolt says he's self-isolating after COVID-19 test

Screengrab of a video release by Usain Bolt addressing reports that he has contracted the coronavirus.

Screengrab of a video release by Usain Bolt addressing reports that he has contracted the coronavirus.

Jamaican Olympic legend Usain Bolt says he has been self-isolating since being tested for COVID-19 over the weekend.

He made the statement in a video release to social media in response to widespread reports that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

In the video, Bolt indicated that he took the COVID-19 test as a pre-requisite for a business trip overseas, and was now awaiting confirmation of the results from the Ministry of Health.

Bolt, who said he was not experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, also advised persons to "safe out there".

The development comes after the retired star athlete celebrated his 34th birthday with a party in Kingston.

Jamaica has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections, and on Sunday reported 116 new cases, its largest one-day increase on record.

The number of confirmed cases in the island has jumped by 383 over the last five days to 1,529, with health authorities attributing the spike to increased number of gatherings and parties during the first week of August when the country celebrated the Emancipation and Independence holidays.

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