At least 17 people are suspected of having contracted the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after attending a party in Oslo, Norway’s capital, an event at which half of the attendees tested positive for Covid-19.
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As reported by France24, the event was attended by about 100 people, all vaccinated, which did not prevent the 50 positives from being detected, a figure that may increase as the days go by.
“So far 60 people have tested positive (to Covid-19) in PCR tests, and four with antigens. Seventeen probably with Omicron, but this has to be confirmed. So far there is one confirmed case of Omicron after sequencing,” said the Oslense consistory in a statement.
“All were vaccinated, none had symptoms and all had performed self-tests” before attending the event, said Tine Ravlo, an official with the municipal health authority. “Everything was in order and no rules were violated,” she added.
The dinner was a Christmas celebration for solar energy producer Scatec. One of the attendees had traveled to South Africa. So far, none of the attendees are showing serious symptoms, beyond headache and sore throat and cough.
Following the detection of this coronavirus outbreak, Norwegian authorities have enacted restrictive measures in and around the capital city, which came into effect on Friday.