A man from Florida, who was positive for COVID-19 and was arrested with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating a quarantine order, insisted that he just dated his dog on Friday and did not try to endanger anyone.
“I didn’t do anything,” 24-year-old Freire Interian told the Associated Press. “I was just walking with the dog.” It’s not like I left the house for shopping. “
According to the latest NBC reports, Interian said the coronavirus continued to die in Florida when the state broke the record for daily deaths on the fourth day, recording 257 new deaths.
A numbing new figure was reported in Florida’s heels and recorded 253 deaths on Thursday, 216 on Wednesday and 186 others on Tuesday – all of which were new daily highs in the pandemic that turned the state into a hot spot for COVID-19.
In Florida, meanwhile, Hurricanes Isaias and Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency from Miami-Dade County to the Atlantic coast of the state – the section that includes the districts with the highest number of cases and deaths of COVID-19,
Florida recorded 470,386 cases and 6,843 deaths on Friday.
More than 4.5 million confirmed cases of coronaviruses have been reported nationwide, along with 153,480 deaths, according to NBC News.
Interian was arrested along with his 27-year-old wife, Yohana Anahi González, on Wednesday after neighbors were video-allegedly hovering in quarantine, local officials said.
Each has been charged with misconduct for violating state law, which requires isolation or quarantine in the event of a threat to public health, and for violating emergency procedures, with convictions for which they could both send them back to prison for up to 60 days.
Interian called him “unfair,” saying he was stunned when Key West police arrived at a house he shared with several other people.
“They knocked on the door really loud,” he said. “I opened the door.” They told me, “Come on,” I asked them, “Why?” I was shocked. “
However, health officials in Florida say Interian and Gonzalez learned they were infected on July 15 and were to be isolated for 14 days. However, on July 20, they went to the store and were caught in a video.
Interian and Gonzalez appear to be among the first people arrested in Florida for violating quarantine. However, they are not the first to overcome local quarantine regulations.
In Hawaii last month, 21 passengers were arrested for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, none of which were successful in testing. And in May, a 37-year-old woman in Kentucky infected with the COVID-19 virus was charged with “unwanted threats” and “crime” when she was caught buying food while in isolation. It was the third time that she had opposed a quarantine order.
In other coronavirus-related developments:
- Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergic and Infectious Diseases, told the congressional committee that he was “cautiously optimistic.” Researchers will be chasing the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this year. He also reconciled with advocates of President Donald Trump, such as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who tried to force Fauci to combine an exploding number of new coronavirus cases with ongoing protests against police brutality that erupted after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police. custody. So far, there does not appear to be evidence that the protests are behind the virus. Most medical experts say states like Florida, Texas and Arizona were reopened before the coronavirus could be contained and now pay the price. Trump, who has been criticized for succumbing to the danger of a pandemic, spoke in favor of approving Fauci’s hopeful reports and Jordan’s pit bull hearing.
- After the hearing, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, said the MSNBC Trump Administration still did not have a national strategy to fight the coronavirus. “For this president to say that we will leave it to 50 different approaches, let each state take care of itself, let the states compete with each other, this is not a way to keep our country united,” he said.
- California, hard hit by the pandemic, has announced its first adolescent mortality. Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno said the victim had basic health, but did not disclose any further details. “The death of this patient reaffirms that children – and no age group – are immune to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the hospital said in a statement. “Now more than ever, it is essential that we all work together to prevent the further spread of this disease. Our children deserve nothing less. ”The death toll in the state passed 9,000 on Friday, and officials said most victims were 65 years of age or older.
- The risks to people who say they have masks were captured in a surveillance video Wednesday at the Staples store in Hackensack. NJ A 54-year-old woman named Margot Kagan, who is still recovering from a liver transplant, has suffered a broken leg after recovering from a liver transplant. she was knocked to the ground by another woman who objected to her being called for wearing her mask correctly. Kagan said she was standing by the copier and dropped after she lifted the stick to try to put it between the woman and the woman. Police are investigating the situation.
- Vermont Gov. Phil Scott imposed a camouflage mandate on Saturday. For this purpose, the state distributed about 200,000 masks. Some larger cities such as Burlington, South Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier already needed masks in public. To date, Vermont has recorded only 1,407 cases and 57 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. “It’s time to get ready,” Scott said this week. “Outbreaks across the state can spread back to us.”