Omicron cases at the Christmas party in Norway provide clues about the spread of the new variant

An Omicron outbreak at a Norwegian Christmas party provides an early, albeit anecdotal, data point about how easily the new variant spreads among vaccinated people, and how mild the symptoms can be at times.

Before Scatec AS A, a Norway-based company with renewable energy, hosted the annual holiday party, it took all the major safety measures, said Stian Tvede Karlsen, a spokesman for the company. Only vaccinated staff were invited. Everyone had to take a quick test the day before. The party at Louise, an exclusive Oslo restaurant serving seafood and Scandinavian dishes, included about 120 people, several of whom had just returned from South Africa, where the company has a solar panel project.

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