A Jamaican runner known as the world’s fastest man tested positive for the new virus from China.
Jamaica’s top health official confirmed the diagnosis of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus late Monday, telling reporters that the country’s leaders have been “avidly discussing the positive result of our beloved Usain Bolt.”
Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister D. Christopher Tufton said at the briefing that the situation would be investigated.
Bolt, 34, said in a message posted online that he’s focused on being safe as he isolates himself.
“Just taking it easy,” he said while lying in bed, wearing a tanktop, appending a caption that said “stay safe my ppl.”
Tufton appealed to people to follow guidance on prevention and control measures like wearing masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and staying home when sick.
If people don’t follow those, harsher measures are required, he warned.
“We intend to increase significantly the level of enforcement and prosecution, particularly for persons who have been allowed to enter the island and who are not maintaining the quarantine,” Tufton said.
Authorities started tightening some measures, implementing curfews in several areas over the weekend, and banning funerals.
Over 29,000 people are under quarantine at their homes.
Bolt said he was tested on Saturday, a day after he celebrated his birthday.
He said he’s showing no symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
Bolt won eight gold medals across four Olympic games. He is now retired.