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Norway’s fifth Omicron case detected after company Christmas party

By Gwladys Fouche and Nerijus Adomaitis

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway detected a fifth Omicron case on Thursday, a person who tested positive following a company Christmas party in the capital, Oslo, city authorities said.

The Nordic country detected its first four cases on Wednesday

“At the moment one person is confirmed as infected with Omicron but more cases are expected,” Oslo authorities said in a statement. “We are working actively with contact tracing to limit the spread and prevent bigger outbreaks.”

Norway posted a single-day record of 4,052 coronavirus cases on Monday, according to data from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere was expected to hold a news conference later in the day.

On Tuesday, Stoere urged Norwegians to wear face masks in crowded places and the speeding-up booster vaccinations in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown.

He stopped short of issuing mask mandates, as called for by some municipalities.

Some 88% of adults in Norway, and 71% of all Norwegians, are fully vaccinated. Some 11% of Norwegians have received a booster shot.

(This story corrects headline and first paragraph to show five cases detected, not three)

(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Nerijus Adomaitis and Nick Macfie)


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