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Jose Antonio Freire Interian (L) and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez (R) of the Florida Keys. Monroe County Sheriff's Office via AP

  • A Florida couple who was caught breaking quarantine rules despite testing positive for the coronavirus was jailed on Wednesday, according to state officials. 
  • Officials allege that Jose Antonio Freire Interian and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez repeatedly ignored orders to self-isolate after neighbors filmed them walking the dog, going for groceries, and washing their car.
  • The couple was released from jail early on Thursday after posting a $1,000 bond.
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A Florida couple who tested positive for the coronavirus was jailed on Wednesday when neighbors caught the pair breaking quarantine rules, according to officials. 

Jose Antonio Freire Interian, 24, and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, 26, of the Florida Keys have been charged with breaking quarantine during a public health emergency and violating emergency management, according to jail records cited in the Washington Post.

The couple had been given strict orders to self-isolate for at least two weeks after they tested positive for the virus on July 15, the Associated Press reported. They were also advised to wear face masks in their home — a three-bedroom house they share with at least three other tenants.

By the following weekend, neighbors reported seeing the couple leave their house to go to the supermarket, prompting the Florida Department of Health to issue a warning and order them to stay home until at least July 31. 

A few days later, neighbors filmed Freire walking his dog and also reported seeing the couple going for groceries again and washing their car — all without face masks on, according to Key West police.

The couple was released from jail early on Thursday after posting a $1,000 bond.

Speaking to AP after his release, Freire said: "I didn't do anything. I was just walking my dog. It's not as if I left the house to go shopping."

But officials seemed to disagree. Key West City Manager Greg Veliz said on Thursday: "It's a national debate up until the health department tells you to quarantine, and then there's no more debate," according to the Washington Post.

"If the law allows someone to be arrested for violating a quarantine order and they continue to thumb their nose at the law — yeah, they should be arrested."

While this is the first case of its kind reported in Florida, there have been similar instances across the country.

In May, a woman from Kentucky who was infected with the virus was arrested while shopping for groceries, AP reported. She was accused of "criminal mischief" and "wanton endangerment."

Last month, 21 tourists who were traveling to Hawaii were also arrested after they were caught breaking the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine. None of them tested positive for the virus. 

Florida public health officials have urged people to wear face masks and practice social distancing after the state became one of the country's biggest hotspots for the outbreak. Florida reported its highest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths just this week.

The US currently has more than 4.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and has seen more than 153,000 deaths related to the virus, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University.

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Venezuela forces people caught without coronavirus masks to do hard labour

VENEZUELA is forcing people caught without face masks to do hard labour in an extraordinary punishment as the country tries to fend off coronavirus.

A video leaked online by the socialist regime shows three residents being forced into community labour after being spotted in public without face masks in Torbes, a municipality in the western state of Táchira.

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7Three people were forced into hard labour for not wearing face masks in Torbes, a municipality in the western state of Táchira 7The boys had to chant 'I must not be on the street. Stay at home. Stay at home' during their press-ups 7The sign on the female reads: 'I have to do community service for not using a face mask'

Later footage also shows three boys made to do push-ups after they were reportedly caught playing football when they should have been quarantining.

The incidents come as Venezuela deals with its first real outbreak of Covid-19, with statistics showing cases jumping and deaths beginning to soar over the last month.

The video shows a male and two females using shovels to clear out a ditch filled with dry grass just off a road.

A police officer supervises them while they go about their exhausting punishment.

A sign is attached to the woman's back reading: "I have to do community service for not using a face mask."

A second video shared widely by supporters of the controversial President Nicolas Maduro shows three young boys doing push-ups after they were found playing basketball during quarantine in Táchira.

A member of the country's National Guard took the boys through an exercise drill while forcing them to chant the coronavirus public health messages.

They can be heard saying in their language in between press-ups: "I must not be on the street. Stay at home. Stay at home.

They also had to say: "The National Guard is enforcing the presidential decree due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The videos have been released only a week after a gang loyal to Maduro recording shocking footage of themselves beating up two men with a basketball bat for not wearing masks in the capital Caracas.

Tachira, along with states Zulia and Apure, are currently quarantined as all three of the regions are experiencing concerning spikes.

Maduro's soldiers are manning the borders to make sure the travel restrictions are observed.

7The boys were reportedly caught playing basketball when they should have been at home under coronavirus restrictions 7Controversial President Nicolas Maduro is cracking down to stop a further Covid-19 outbreakCredit: PRENSA PRESIDENCIAL

As of yesterday, Venezuela had 9,376 active cases.

There were 684 new cases on Tuesday as well as seven deaths, meaning 187 people have passed away from the virus in total.

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Alarmingly for Maduro, both cases and deaths are beginning to rise.

The country managed to avoid the first wave which ravaged China, the US and most of Europe after a strict March lockdown.

But there is much scepticism over the numbers provided by the government and the cases and deaths are thought to be much higher given the country's rundown health service.

7The video was leaked by the socialist regime 7The three people had to dig up a ditch on the side of the road

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