Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus as police launch probe into party

Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus less than a week after his controversial birthday party which is now under investigation from the police.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist was thrown a surprise celebratory bash in his native Jamaica on Friday in honour of his 34th birthday.

There is currently a rule in place in Jamaica which prohibits more than 20 people gathering at one time.

Bolt's party appeared to exceed that number while guests failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines or wear face masks.

Following the celebration, which was arranged by Bolt's girlfriend Kasi Bennett, the former sprint athlete revealed he had taken a coronavirus test before isolating.

"I did a test on Saturday, because I have work," Bolt said. "I'm trying to be responsible, so I'm gonna stay in and stay here for my friends."

But his efforts to avoid Covid-19 were to no avail after his agent Ricky Simms revealed he had returned a positive result.

Simms told CNN: "The Covid test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms."

Police in Jamaica have now launched a probe into Bolt's party, as confirmed by the nation's Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

"These matters are all being thoroughly investigated and the police will give a report on these matters in near future," Holness said.

Bolt was seen dancing with fellow revellers at the party as well as washing his hands and face with champagne.

Man City and England footballer Raheem Sterling was also present but has since returned a negative coronavirus test.

Sterling will be relieved he has not contracted the virus, particularly as he was named in the England squad for their upcoming Nations League fixtures, for which he is due to report for training on Monday.

Bolt meanwhile hung up his spikes in 2017, and has now also given up hope of forging a football career of his own after failing to make the grade at Australian club Central Coast Mariners.

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