European college warns students to return from 'poorly developed' US as experts say health system ill-equipped to handle pandemic

European college warns students to return from 'poorly developed' US as experts say health system ill-equipped to handle pandemic
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The biggest college in Norway urged students to return from countries with "poorly developed" health systems — such as the United States! — as experts warned that the American hospital system would be overwhelmed by the COVID-19  pandemic.


Norway's University of Science and Technology issued an alert to students studying abroad urging them to "return home."

"This applies especially if you are staying in a country with poorly developed health services. This also applies for countries with poorly developed collective infrastructure, for example the USA, where it can be difficult to get transport to the airport if you don't have a car," said the alert, which appears to have been deleted but is still visible on the archived version of the page. "The same applies if you don't have health insurance."

The statement came as Norway, which has reported more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, took drastic actions in response to the pandemic. The country closed its airports to all foreign citizens and will require its citizens to be quarantined for 14 days after returning from overseas. The country also shuttered schools and colleges, most bars and restaurants, and banned most public events.

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