Authorities in Honolulu were forced this week to put a father and his teenage son with COVID-19 in quarantine.
The juvenile was allegedly “violated by the COVID quarantine restriction,” a Honolulu police officer noticed in the mall on Tuesday morning.
“The teenage father came [a] shortly afterwards, there was a shopping center and both men were detained, “the ministry said.
The duo was then transported to the facility for a period of forced quarantine, police said.
Hawaiian chief of health Bruce Anderson said NBC̵7;s Hawaiian news agency now, for the first time in 20 years, had to use a special order to force people to stay in an isolated facility.
According to the station, the forced quarantine is expected to last 10 days.
He called the young man “an imminent threat to public health,” Anderson said, “he refused to follow the isolation rules and was out with his friends, exposing many people.”
The video appears to show the police in a hazmat-type detention facility, in handcuffs, and wearing a medical-style mask.
Nethcali J. Naisonet, a father, told Hawaii News Now that he was just trying to “get rid of my son on the streets” and prevent exposure when he was detained. The station said they came from Florida but now live in Hawaii.
On Wednesday, the state announced a one-day record of new COVID-19 cases: 109.
“We are seeing an increase in small and large social gatherings, including meetings on beaches and in our parks, homes and workplaces,” Anderson said in a statement. “Recently, we have also seen an increase in cases involving bars, gyms. other establishments where physical distancing and masking are not carried out regularly. ‘ “