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BREAKING: Jamaica confirms six new coronavirus cases

Jamaica has recorded six new cases of the noel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A doctor uses a pipette during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Confirmation of the cases, which brings the total to eight on the island, came from the Ministry of Health and Wellness early Friday morning.

While most were imported due to travel to other countries, two were community spread as the individuals as the father and a close contact of the first confirmed case were also infected.

The Health Ministry provided the below information on each case:

Two males, aged 63 and 67, who came into the island on March 7 from Trinidad, having travelled from Malaysia by way of Dubai and London. They presented themselves at hospital on March 11.

One male, 36, who travelled from Manchester, England. He was taken to hospital from his hotel via ambulance on March 11.

 One male, 31, a Jamaican overseas ship worker who came in from the Canary Islands via Portugal and Miami. He arrived in the island on February 25 and presented to hospital with symptoms on March 10.

One male, 58, who is the father of the first patient who was confirmed with COVID-19. He was discovered ill at home on March 11 and

One female, 34, who is a close contact, also of the first patient who was confirmed with COVID-19 on the island.

 The Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton will meet with the media on Friday afternoon to provide further details, said a release from the ministry.

He is currently examining the level of preparedness for COVID-19 in western Jamaica.