Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19 after party as agent updates condition

Usain Bolt has tested positive for Covid-19 following his surprise birthday party in Jamaica, the Olympic legend’s agent has confirmed.

Bolt, 34, was thrown a surprise 34th birthday party last Friday, which is now being investigated by police over a reported lack of social distancing and face masks.

On Monday the former Jamaica sprinter revealed he had gone into quarantine after undergoing a Covid-19 test, writing on Instagram: “I did a test on Saturday, because I have work. I'm trying to be responsible, so I'm gonna stay in and stay here for my friends.”

The party, which was thrown by Bolt’s model girlfriend Kasi Bennett, was attended by Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

And Bolt’s agent has also confirmed his client tested positive for coronavirus, although he is showing no symptoms.

Ricky Simms said in an email to CNN: “The Covid test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms.”

Sterling, who was selected for England’s upcoming Nations League squad this week, has tested negative for coronavirus.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has confirmed police are investigating the birthday party, telling a virtual news conference: “These matters are all being thoroughly investigated and the police will give a report on these matters in near future.”

Bolt’s birthday bash was held without masks and in spite of Jamaica’s rule of no more than 20 people at public events.

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Videos from the party showed guests turning a blind eye to social-distancing rules by dancing close to one another without masks.

Bolt could also be seen washing hands and face with champagne in some footage.

A source from the party told The Sun : “Like anything featuring Usain Bolt, it was a pretty flashy party with lots of guests and minimal mask wearing.

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  • “Guests were joking about partying until midnight – despite an 11pm Covid-19 curfew – and were laughing about the possibility of the police coming to break it up.”

    Bolt retired from Athletics following the 2017 World Championships in London, which saw him claim a bronze medal in the Men’s 100 metres.

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