Norway Christmas party may have caused the largest outbreak of ommicron variants outside of South Africa

A recent Norwegian ommicron outbreak met Christmas party provides early anecdotal evidence on how the variants spread between vaccinated people and the seriousness of its symptoms, according to a recent report.

A renewable energy company in Norway made sure everything necessary safety precautions were taken before their annual holiday party, including only inviting vaccinated employees and mandating a rapid test the day before the partysaid Stian Tvede Karlsen, a company spokesperson.

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The party was held in a chic Oslo restaurant for about 120 people, including several who recently traveled to South Africa where the company has a solar cell panel business.

Norway Christmas party may have caused the largest outbreak of ommicron variants outside of    South Africa

A health professional takes a Pap smear of a passenger die the enters city until test for COVID-19 at a train station in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, December 3, 2021. India on Thursday confirmed his first cases of the ommicron coronavirus variant in two people and officials said: one came from South Africa and the other had no travel history. A top medical expert insisted: people to be vaccinated.
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More than 50% tested positive for COVID-19, with 13 confirmed to have the ommicron variant, but no of the people have severe symptoms, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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the outbreak, die seems to be the world’s largest ommicron outbreak outside of south Africa, is notable because it occurred among vaccinees people in a country where more than 80% adults are fully vaccinated, the Journal added.

People lineup get vaccinated in a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, November 26, 2021. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is worrying because of the high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in    Gauteng, the most populous province in the country.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

People lineup get vaccinated in a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, November 26, 2021. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is worrying because of the high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the most populous province in the country. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Although the outbreak spread quickly, conditions are of the party may have contributed himself, where guests were chatting and mingling in an isolated environment for hours, which are ideal conditions for a super spreader event, said Alexandra Phelan, an 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 through an inner city street Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, March 16, 2020.

A man uses his hand to cover his nose as he walks through an inner city street Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, March 16, 2020.
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They added the outbreak suggests the 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 go deep in partying through the night, they were already probably on the back burner risk’ said Phelan big ask that this start to add data to, at least anecdotal data, is immune evasion.”

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