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Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19 only days after birthday celebration

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 15: Usain Bolt is seen pitchside at half time during the International Friendly match between England and United States at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jamaican police have now launched a probe into Usain Bolt‘s 34th birthday party after the record-breaking athlete tested positive for coronavirus following the event. 

Monday, the Olympic gold medalist sprinter announced on Instagram that he was self-quarantining until he received his test results and official confirmation of his diagnosis.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: Usain Bolt attends 2019 Oaks Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

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“I’m just waking up, and like everybody else I checked social media, [which] is saying I am confirmed to have COVID-19,” Bolt said in a video at the time. “I am trying to be responsible, so I am going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”

Bolt has now tested positive for COVID-19. Jamaica’s Minister of Health Christopher Tufton confirmed the diagnosis to reporters on Monday, CBS News reported.

“It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” Tufton told reporters. “It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing.”

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Friday, the retired athlete was filmed singing and dancing at a lavish outdoor 34th birthday event with a large number of guests. None of them appeared to be following pandemic mandates to wear a mask or social distance.

The island of Jamaica has banned gatherings of more than 20 people and Prime Minister Andrew Holness says as a result of that guideline potentially being violated police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding Bolt’s birthday bash in St. Andrew last week.

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“These matters are all being thoroughly investigated and the police will give a report on these matters in near future,” Holness said, according to The Gleaner.

However, Jamaica’s mandates only apply to public places. It remains unclear exactly where Bolt’s party took place, and whether those rules would apply if it was in a private residence. 

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