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Christmas party leaves 50-60 people infected with suspected Omicron Covid in Norway

A Christmas party in Norway has left between 50 and 60 people infected with Covid-19, suspected to be the new super-mutant Omicron variant. 

If confirmed, it would be the world's biggest outbreak of the new strain so far. 

Medics have ruled out the possibility the infections are Delta variant cases and said it is highly likely to be the new strain.

Officials said 50 people tested positive on a PCR test following Norwegian renewable energy company Scatec's Christmas dinner at Louise Restaurant & Bar in Oslo.

Authorities said a further 10 people had tested positive from lateral flow tests. 

At least one of the party had recently returned from South Africa, where the company does some of its business. 

It was not immediately clear if the employee was patient zero or if they had been travelling in South Africa for Scatec.  

Head of the infection tracking team in Oslo west, Jorum Thaulow, said all the cases had been treated as if they had the Omicron variant and told to self-isolate for seven days. 

Thaulow told local media the cases' close contacts were also warned quarantine for ten days in they develop Covid-19.   

At least 41 of the cases live in Oslo.