No More Christmas Parties: Super-spreader Event in Norway Infects Up to Sixty People Out 120 With Omicron – as British Hospitality Industry Criticizes Boris for Mixed Messages After Minister Says Parties Should Be Limited to 6 People

No More Christmas Parties: Super-spreader Event in Norway Infects Up to Sixty People Out 120 With Omicron – as British Hospitality Industry Criticizes Boris for Mixed Messages After Minister Says Parties Should Be Limited to 6 People

A Norwegian Christmas party where up to 60 people may have contracted the Omicron variant of Covid-19 over drinks and dinner has sparked panic across Europe and may threaten company bashes across the UK.

The meal at the Louise seafood restaurant on Oslo’s waterfront is likely to be the world’s biggest outbreak of the new strain so far.

Norwegian epidemiologists have ruled out the possibility the infections are Delta variant cases and said there was a ‘high probability’ it was Omicron because at least one of the Scatec employees had recently returned from the renewable energy company’s South African office in Cape Town.

And in another twist, Scatec has insisted only vaccinated employees were allowed to attend the Christmas party last Friday and they needed a negative test result beforehand.

One of the company’s super-spreaders was also drinking in an Irish bar in the city the following night, raising fears more could be infected.

More than 71 per cent of Norway’s population are fully vaccinated, higher than the 69 per cent of Brits and 59 per cent of Americans who have had both jabs.

It came as one of Boris Johnson’s business ministers plunged Christmas party plans for millions of Britons into further chaos after declaring it would be ‘sensible’ to limit them to ‘four or five staff’ or axe them completely as hospitality bosses said the Government’s muddled and confusing advice had led to a ‘catastrophic’ 48 hours for the industry.

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Source: Daily Mail

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