The Christmas party in Norway may have sparked the biggest omicron variant outbreak outside of South Africa – .

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The Christmas party in Norway may have sparked the biggest omicron variant outbreak outside of South Africa – .


A recent Norwegian omicron outbreak at a Christmas party provides early anecdotal evidence of how the variants spread between people vaccinated and the severity of its symptoms, according to a recent report.

A renewable energy company in Norway ensured that all necessary safety precautions were in place before hosting its annual party, including inviting only vaccinated employees and requiring rapid testing the day before the party, according to Stian Tvede Karlsen, a spokesperson for the company.

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The party was held at an upscale Oslo restaurant for around 120 people, several of whom recently traveled to South Africa, where the company owns a solar panel business.

A health worker takes a swab sample from a passenger entering the city to test for COVID-19 at a train station in Ahmedabad, India on Friday, December 3, 2021. India on Thursday confirmed its first variant cases of the omicron coronavirus in two of the people and officials said one had arrived from South Africa and the other had no travel history. A senior medical expert urged people to get vaccinated.
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More than 50% have tested positive for COVID-19, of which 13 have confirmed to have the omicron variant, but none of the people have severe symptoms, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The outbreak, which appears to be the largest omicron outbreak in the world outside of South Africa, is notable because it has occurred in people who have been vaccinated in a country where more than 80% of adults are fully vaccinated. , added the Journal.

People line up for vaccinations at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, November 26, 2021. A new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in South Africa which scientists say is cause for concern due to its high number of mutations and its rapid spread among young inhabitants of Gauteng, the most populous province in the country. (AP Photo / Denis Farrell)

Even though the outbreak spread quickly, the conditions at the party itself may have contributed, where guests were talking and mingling in a secluded setting for hours, which are ideal conditions for a party event. high-profile, said Alexandra Phelan, assistant professor of global and public health law and ethics at Georgetown University.

A man uses his hand to cover his nose as he walks along a street in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday March 16, 2020.
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She added that the outbreak suggests that current COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent infections, but can prevent serious illness.

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“If they were of working age and young enough to party the night away, they were probably at low risk already,” said Phelan. “The big question that this is starting to add data to, at least anecdotal data, is immune evasion. “

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