Norway’s renowned School of Science and Technology has issued an alert urging students learning abroad to come back home as a response to the coronavirus pandemic – specifically singling out the U.S.
The warning from the nation’s major university, with some 40,000 students, applies “especially” to students residing in nations with “poorly developed health services,” as well as countries, “including the USA,” with a “poorly developed collective infrastructure.”
The alert notes it can be difficult in the U.S. to “get carry to the airport if you don’t have an automobile.” It added, apparently referring to “poorly developed health services,” that, “The same applies if you don’t have health insurance.”
“In line with the advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I, as NTNU’s Rector, strongly suggest that NTNU students who are exterior Norway come back home.
This applies especially if you are residing in a country with poorly developed health services. This also applies for countries with poorly developed collective infrastructure, for example the USA, where it could be difficult to get carry to the airport if you don’t have a car. The same applies if you don’t have medical health insurance.”
The university’s alert came as Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Saturday advising all Norwegian citizens abroad to come back home.
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Norway is shutting down its airports and harbors to foreign travelers on Monday. Norwegians will be permitted to go back home – though they’ll need to be quarantined for two weeks.
In 2018 private meeting with lawmakers, President Donald Trump reportedly portrayed a desire to have more immigrants from Norway after complaining about people moving to the U.S. from “shithole countries,” and naming Africa and Haiti, according to 1 of those present. Reactions from Norwegians at that time indicated these were quite happy where these were.
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