A Florida man who tested positive for COVID-19 and was busted with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating a quarantine order insisted on Friday that he was still walking their dog and that he did not try to endanger anyone. .
“I didn’t do anything,” Freire Interian, 24, told the Associated Press. “I was just walking my dog. Not as if I left home to go shopping. “
Interian talked about how the coronavirus continued to cut deadly swath through Florida with the state breaking the record of daily deaths for the fourth day in a half with 257 new fatalities, according to the latest NBC News.
The new numb figure was reported on the heels of Florida with a score of 253 deaths on Thursday, 216 on Wednesday, and 186 more on Tuesday – all of which were new highs a day in pandemic that turned the state into a hot spot COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Florida was threatened by Hurricane Isaias and Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency from Miami-Dade County all the way along the state’s Atlantic coast – a stretch that includes counties with the largest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
As of Friday, Florida reported 470,386 cases and 6,843 fatalities.
Nationwide, more than 4.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported along with 153,480 deaths, NBC News show.
The Interyan was arrested along with his 27-year-old wife Yohana Anahi Gonzalez on Wednesday after neighbors videotaped them allegedly in need of quarantine, local officials said.
Each of them has been charged with a crime of violating state law requiring isolation or quarantine in a public health emergency and violating a successful emergency, a sentence that can send them back to prison for up to 60 days. .
Interian said his arrest was “unfair,” Interian said he was stunned when Western Chief Police arrived at the house he shares with several other people.
“I knocked on the door with a real thread,” he said. “I opened the door. They said to me, ‘Come on,’ and I asked them, ‘Why?’ I was in shock. “
Florida health officials, however, say Interian and Gonzalez learned they were infected on July 15 and were supposed to isolate themselves for 14 days. But on July 20 they spoke out at a shop and were caught doing so on video.
Interian and Gonzalez appear to be among the first people arrested in Florida for quarantine violations. But they are not the first to operate local quarantine regulations.
Last month, in Hawaii, 21 travelers were arrested for violating the mandatory 14-day quarantine, none of which ended in a positive burden. And in May, a 37-year-old Kentucky woman infected with COVID-19 was charged with “dangerous disease” and “criminal trouble” after being caught shopping for groceries while she had to be isolated. It was the third time she had challenged a quarantine order.
In other coronavirus-related developments:
- Anthony Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a congressional committee that researchers “have been cautiously optimistic” will be stepped up on a safe and effective vaccine against COVID- 19 by the end of this year. He also sparked with defenders of President Donald Trump, such as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who tried to get Fauci to combine the exploding number of new coronavirus cases with continued protests against police brutality that erupted after George Floyd died while in prison. Minneapolis police custody. So far there does not appear to be any evidence that the protests are behind the tips of the virus. Most medical experts say states like Florida, Texas and Arizona are reopening before the coronavirus can be present and are now paying the price. Trump, who has been criticized for threatening the danger of the pandemic, tweeted his endorsements on the news of Fauci’s hope and Jordan’s pit bull questioning about the doctor.
- Dangers of talking about wearing masks were caught on surveillance video Wednesday at the Staples store in Badensens, NJ A 54-year-old woman named Margot Kagan, still recovering from a liver transplant, she suffered a broken leg after she was hit to the ground by another woman who objected to being called for not losing her mask properly on her nose. Kagan said she was standing next to a copy machine and that she was thrown after she raised her cane in an attempt to put some distance between her and the woman. Police are investigating the situation.