About half of people who attended a Christmas party at an office in Oslo, where only vaccinated employees were allowed, tested positive for the coronavirus after one guest who recently returned from South Africa was diagnosed with a new variant of Omicron, local health authorities said Friday. … …
The event, held a week ago by a solar energy company, was attended by over 120 people. Of the positive tests sequenced so far, 15 to 20 were likely a variant of Omicron, who added that not all of the 60 coronavirus cases detected so far, said Dr. moment has yet been fully tested for this option.
“We expect more of them to be infected with Omicron,” she said.
A Scatec spokesperson said only vaccinated employees were allowed to the party and all tested negative for coronavirus before the event.
The party took place at the Louise restaurant in central Oslo on November 26, the same day that the World Health Organization called Omicron an “option of concern” and many countries began to close their borders to passengers from southern Africa, where it was the first. identified.
This variant carries mutations that scientists believe could allow it to spread faster and cause more breakthrough infections, although much remains uncertain. Currently, cases of the disease have been reported in more than 40 countries, including the United States.
A Scatec spokesman, Stian Twede Carlsen, said the employee first discovered that the variant had arrived in Norway after visiting the regional office in Cape Town before news of the variant emerged.
To contain the further spread of this option, the Norwegian government introduced additional restrictions in and around Oslo, announced on Thursday and effective from midnight.
These include the obligation to wear masks wherever social distance cannot be maintained, including on the subway and buses or in shops, returning to work from home where possible, and a crowd limit of 100 people, excluding theaters and other places. with fixed seats. where up to 600 people can attend. For alcoholic beverages only table service is allowed, while restaurants and events require guest registration.