FHI: Most of the omicron infection in Norway can still be traced back to a November Christmas dinner party at Aker Brygge

Louise Restaurant and BarPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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The vast majority of cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Norway can still be traced back to the Christmas dinner party at Aker Brygge in November, according to the FHI.

The Christmas dinner party at Louise Restaurant & Bar at Aker Brygge on Friday, November 26, was the first major omicron outbreak in Norway. 

“It is also clear that the vast majority of cases of omicron infection in the first weeks were re-transmitted from this outbreak, and the infection has spread to several counties,” the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) writes in its latest weekly report.

However, it is emphasized that a number of other cases of imported omicron infection appear to have caused infection in Norway afterward and that new clusters are beginning to emerge.

Background

The solar energy company Scatec met at Louise’s Christmas dinner party, but a number of other guests also stopped by during that evening. There were no distance restrictions in place at that time, and it was allowed to dance closely.

In total, at least 140 people were infected at the Christmas dinner party, which took place on a Friday night.

In retrospect, it has been shown that 98% of those who were infected that night were fully vaccinated.

Of the 111 participants at the Christmas dinner party who have been surveyed by the FHI and Oslo Municipality, 74% were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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