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Wednesday's papers: Bullying videos, Covid hotspots and a blast of warm air

Police say violent incidents among young people are less common than they used to be.

Ambulansseja rivissä Keski-Suomen keskussairaalan ensiavun edessä.
Ambulances outside the Central Finland hospital. The region has seen a spike in Covid cases. Image: Petri Aaltonen / Yle

A violent incident at Kytöpuisto school in Vantaa last week has been a hot topic on social and traditional media, and Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday looks at how common cases like this are.

The Kytöpuisto incident involved a group of sixth-graders attacking their classmate in the school yard and posting a film of the assault on social media. The victim was taken to hospital.

Teachers at the school were aware that the victim had been subject to bullying over a period of weeks.

HS looks at the wider context on Wednesday, asking police if such incidents are common. Violence among young people is rarer than it used to be, said Inspector Jarmo Heimonen of the Helsinki Police Department.

He suggests that children and young people spend more time indoors now, and they drink less alcohol, prompting a reduction in violent attacks.

Those attacks that do occur, however, very often come with video evidence that has been shared in group chats or on social media.

Covid hotspot

Finland's coronavirus traffic light system has tightened rules for some travellers arriving in the country, but the strict criteria have thrown up an oddity: parts of the country have so many Covid cases that travellers would face restrictions if they were a separate country.

The rule is that places with more than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the preceding two weeks should isolate for a fortnight on arrival in Finland.

That level puts Central Finland in the 'red' zone, with 41.9 cases per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks.

That's higher than Estonia with 30.87 cases, and Sweden with 26.09. Quarantine is not on the agenda for those leaving Jyväskylä however, and Iltalehti reports that the situation is not so critical, noting that the sources of nearly all the recent cases have been traced.

A late taste of summer

Ilta-Sanomat has happy news for lovers of warmer weather, as it reports that the next few days will see temperatures climb into the high teens and even above 20 degrees Celsius.

That is exceptionally warm for this time of year in Finland.

The south and west of Finland can expect to see temperatures hitting 15-19 degrees, the east and north will be at 10-15 degrees and in Lapland temperatures will be a fresher 5-10 degrees, according to IS.

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