At the Christmas party in Norway, 50-60 people are suspected of having Omicron Covid, which would be the world’s largest outbreak of the variant to date
- Officials said 50 people had positive PCR tests, 10 positive lateral flow tests
- At least one person from the celebratory party had recently returned from South Africa
- Medics ruled out the Delta variant, saying it was likely the new Omicron strain
At a Christmas party in Norway between 50 and 60 people are infected with Covid-19, probably the new super mutated Omicron variant.
If confirmed, it would be the largest outbreak of the new strain in the world to date.
Medics have ruled out the possibility that the infections are Delta variant cases, saying there is a “high probability” that it is the new strain.
Officials said 50 people tested positive for a PCR test after Norwegian renewable energy company Scatec celebrated Christmas dinner at Louise Restaurant & Bar in Oslo.
Another 10 people received positive results from lateral flow tests, NRK reported.
The Christmas party was in an enclosed space, but guests are said to have mingled with other people in the restaurant after 10:30 p.m. when it turned into a nightclub.
At the Christmas party of the Norwegian company Scatec for renewable energies (in the picture, the company’s Oslo office) in Norway, between 50 and 60 people are infected with Covid-19, probably the new super mutant Omicron variant
At least two restaurant guests who were not involved in the Christmas party later also tested positive, although it is not yet clear whether they were infected at the event or from another contact.
Ten waiters who served the table were tested after the party, but none tested positive.
One of the Scatec employees recently returned from South Africa, where the company does some of its business.
It was not immediately clear whether the employee was patient zero or whether he had traveled to South Africa for Scatec.
Tine Ravlo, assistant chief of infection control for Frogner District, said a preliminary examination of samples from the cases showed it was likely Omicron.
She said the samples were sent for sequencing, which will confirm if it is Omicron.
Oslo West infection tracking team leader Jorum Thaulow said all cases had been treated as if they had the Omicron variant and said they should self-isolate for seven days.
Thaulow told local media that the cases’ close contacts have also been warned to quarantine for ten days if they develop Covid-19.
At least 41 of the cases live in Oslo.
Scatec published a press release yesterday describing mandatory tests and vaccinations for employees at the Christmas party.
Only vaccinated employees are allowed to attend the event and everyone has to be tested in advance.
But Thaulow said it was quite common for fully stung people to carry and pass on Covid-19.