Usain Bolt says he is self-isolating as a precaution, as he awaits the result of a COVID-19 test following reports he has coronavirus.

The 34-year-old retired sprinter, who won gold in the 100 and 200 metres at the last three Olympics, posted a video on his official Instagram and Twitter accounts to explain the situation.

“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 is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time
Image: Bolt is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time

The Jamaican world record holder, who retired after the World Athletics Championships in 2017 and is widely regarded as the best sprinter of all time, added he has no symptoms.

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

He accompanied the posts with the words, “Stay safe my ppl,” with a prayer emoji.

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Fans were quick to offer their well-wishes and advice to the star, with one replying: “Please get better my friend”.

Another wrote: “Drink up your ginger tea non stop”.

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Meanwhile, footballer Raheem Sterling will be tested for coronavirus before he is allowed to join England’s bio-secure bubble at St George’s Park next week after attending a party with Bolt.

Sterling was at a party with eight-time Olympic champion in Jamaica on Friday night, which initially lead to worldwide speculation that Bolt may have the virus.