Norway: Up to 60 people infected with Omicron after Christmas party

Solar company Scatec (which is headquartered in Oslo on the left) held the party on November 26 (Image: Google; Getty)

Dozens of people are feared infected with the coronavirus after going to a Christmas party at work.

Norwegian media mentioned That employees at Scatec, a renewable energy company, attended the event in Oslo on November 26.

Since then, 50 people have re-tested positive for the coronavirus, while another 10 have tested positive on the lateral flow and will be followed up for verification.

Reports said the company also has an office in Cape Town, South Africa, and some of the attendees have recently returned from there.

If the infection is confirmed, it will be the largest known outbreak of Omicron in the world.

The Frogner-area’s assistant chief infection control physician, Tine Ravlo, said initial screening showed a “high probability” of Omicron.

She said samples have been sent for sequencing that will confirm whether it is the new variant.

Passengers line up at the check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27. The new variant was first reported in South Africa (Image: GETTY)

“We haven’t had definitive confirmation, but there are very strong indications that it is omicron in this outbreak,” Guron Thulu, the district infection control physician, told Avissa Oslo.

He said that this was because the analysis excluded those involved in having a delta variant.

Norwegian media reported that all those who attended were required to be vaccinated and to have tested negative for Covid-19.

They said those who tested positive after attending were now asked to quarantine, along with their closest contacts (such as family members).

There will now be extensive tracing of anyone else they may have been in contact with.

In addition to those at the party, anyone who visited Louise’s restaurant and bar (where the event took place) between 10:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. on November 26/27 was required to take a test.

Plus, anyone who’s been to the Old Irish Pub in Majorstua was also asked between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. the next day to take a test, because a party guest had visited there before he tested positive.

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