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Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt quarantining after coronavirus test

Usain Bolt is in quarantine after being tested for COVID-19 days after his 34th birthday party in Jamaica.

The track sensation has uploaded a video to his social media accounts telling followers he is awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and is quarantining himself as a precaution.

“Good morning everybody. Just waking up. Like everybody, checked social media and saw that social media says I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test Saturday, because I work. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”

Bolt, won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last three Olympics, appeared to be laying in bed in the video, said he has no symptoms.

“Just to be safe, I’ll quarantine myself and just take it easy,” he said.

He wrote in the posts: “Stay safe my ppl” with hands folded in prayer.

The comments on Bolt’s post ranged from well wishes like “please get better my legend” to advice such as “drink up your ginger tea non stop.”

Video of Bolt’s birthday celebrations made it onto social media and showed party-goers going without masks. There have been more than 1500 cases of coronavirus reported on the island and 16 deaths.

Usain Bolt at his 34th birthday celebrations.
Camera IconUsain Bolt at his 34th birthday celebrations. Credit: 7NEWS

On the track, Bolt was known for his poses — his “Lighting Bolt” became iconic — and of course his post-race celebrations. His speed and charisma made his sport can’t-miss viewing whenever he lined up in the blocks.

Bolt set the world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. He retired after worlds in 2017.

Usain Bolt crosses the finish line in the men's 100m final during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London in 2017.
Camera IconUsain Bolt crosses the finish line in the men’s 100m final during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London in 2017. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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