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After Crash and Coronavirus, Umeå Sky-Divers Finally Jump Again, With Symbolism [with video]

In a perhaps symbolic leap into Umeå after the worst of the coronavirus, the Sky Diving Club jumped yesterday for the first time from its new aircraft, some 10 months after its previous plane crashed, killing all nine aboard.

The Umeå Sky Diving club made its first parachuting jump from its new Cessna aircraft yesterday, when member Peder Nyman lept into the air thousands of meters over the Ume River, capturing fantastic views of the city on video. The coronavirus crisis, which has immobilized so many people and parts of life in Umeå, may still be with us, but the Sky Diving Club has broken free.

After the crash of the club’s Gippsland GA8 airplane, first came half a year of grief. Then, the club ordered a new plane — a Cessna 206 — but its delivery from Switzerland was delayed for months due to transit restrictions related to the coronavirus. It finally arrived on Friday night, and yesterday, Nyman made the plane’s debut jump, with a scream of “relief, joy, and euphoria“, as SVT described it. The club put the video of the jump on YouTube, accompanied by the song Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In some ways, Nyman’s jump out of the plane and apart from his club-mates represents the freedom that Umeå is beginning to experience, as the coronavirus crisis passes its peak burden on the health care system. Citygoers filled the city center’s sunshine-filled streets yesterday and rainier ones today, led by the rallying cries of community leaders. Lina Seif, the locally hugely influential organizer of the Facebook group UMEÅ TIPSGRUPP, with almost 30 thousand members, declared yesterday just before noon, “Ut och nujt — håll avstandet!!!” — “Out and enjoy — keep your distance!!!” and followed her message with the Smiling Face With Hearts, and then two Sunshine, emojis.

On Facebook groups and Instagram, local photographers put up pictures of some of the spring’s first flowers, including blue squills and the buds of cherry blossoms.

The first coronavirus death in Västerbotten since Wednesday was announced today.

Even as Umebor embraced a liberation provided by both the weather and the waning impact of the coronavirus, regional officials announced a new death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the infection. This was the first death announced since Wednesday, and brings the mortality toll in Västerbotten to 19. Västerbotten’s death rate per capita is now somewhere around 70 per one million residents, in between that of Denmark and Norway, and considerably lower than many regions of southern Sweden. As has been the norm for Västerbotten coronavirus deaths, officials gave no details of the patient’s location, age, or previous health condition.

The number of coronavirus patients in the hospital (dark blue) and intensive care (light blue), since March 9. –Region Västerbotten

Otherwise, statistically, the burden on Umeå’s health care system remained unchanged in the past 24 hours. 12 people in the region are in the hospital with coronavirus, four in intensive care. For comparison: the date with the most people in the hospital in Västerbotten was April 10, with 29, and the dates with the most people in intensive care were April 28 and 29, with 13.

Police broke up a party of young people with alcohol, last night at I20.

Umeå police say that late last night, they broke up a party in the I20 area north of Haga. Several cars with young people were gathered, some of them under 18 years. They forfeited their alcohol, police said, and their parents were called.

Umeå Police Officer Fredrik Brink said that parents and guardians need to pay attention to what their teenagers are doing with their weekend nights. “Talk to your children,” he told Västerbottens-Kuriren, “and be interested in what they do on weekends, and with whom they spend their time. When alcohol and cars are involved, it is easy for an accident to happen.”


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