At least 50 Christmas party-goers in Norway have been infected with Kovid, which could lead to the world’s largest omicron outbreak.
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Employees of renewable energy company Scatec attend an event in Oslo on 26 November.
Oslo officials said on Thursday that one person in the group has so far tested positive for the Omicron variant, with more cases expected to follow.
A spokesman said: “We are actively working with contact tracing to limit the spread and prevent a larger outbreak.”
It is believed that at least one guest had recently returned from the company’s Cape Town office.
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If more clusters are confirmed to contain omicrons, it would be the largest known outbreak in the world.
Tyne Ravlow, assistant chief infection control physician for the district of Frogner, said samples from the initial case indicated it was an omicron.
The analysis has ruled out the cases to be delta variant.
The district’s responsible infection control doctor told Avisa Oslo that the clues to the cases are Omicron.
Dr. Jorun Thaulo said: “We haven’t got a definitive confirmation of this, but there are very strong indications that it is an omicron in this outbreak.”
The Nordic country detected its first four cases on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Norway posted a one-day record of 4,052 coronavirus cases on Monday, according to data from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Boris Johnson says parties should not be canceled because of Covid – and children can still have birth plays at their school.
In a scathing rebuke to one of the country’s top doctors, the PM shrugged off calls for families to visit in the coming weeks amid fears over the Omron version.
He said instead he would “throw everything away” to get every adult to get a third jab by the end of January, deploying the military to help the NHS in temporary vaccine centers “pop up like Christmas trees”. .
Oslo’s new Omicron case comes as Brits have to take expensive PCR swabs to travel to Europe as part of new EU plans to include the Omicron variant.
Eurocrats can impress non-EU countries with additional travel restrictions under an “emergency brake” system to exclude variants.
Like the UK, they have already banned flights from several countries in southern Africa, where the Omicron strain originated.
Spain has all but said unaffiliated Brits will be denied entry into the country to prevent a new strain of the coronavirus.
Until now, Britons could travel to Spain by showing a negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before arrival, but from 1 December they would also need proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Brussels published new guidance on Wednesday, saying countries should introduce additional testing requirements to slow the arrival of the strain.
Care Minister Gillian Keegan said the new travel rules were under constant review and could be tightened.
There are still dozens of questions about the new highly mutated stress, which will take several weeks to get an answer.
Scientists are working round the clock to find out whether it actually spreads rapidly, evades immunity or alters the severity of the disease.
This article originally appeared on Sun and was reproduced here with permission.