Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is KCRW Berlin's Program Director, reporter and show host. She is a veteran American journalist with German roots who comes to us from NPR, where she spent 13 years as a correspondent, heading the network’s international bureaus in Kabul, Cairo and more recently, Berlin. She’s won numerous awards for her radio work, including a Peabody and Gracie. She also received the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Prior to her radio career, Sarhaddi Nelson spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and was part of the Newsday team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.
In response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to slash funding for the World Health Organization, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that blame doesn’t help and close international collaboration is necessary to beat the coronavirus.
The first of three new studies from Germany’s center for disease prevention will test 5,000 routine blood donations every 14 days. One goal is to find out more about potential immunity to COVID-19 and how many people have been infected by the coronavirus.
Berlin officials had accused the U.S. of confiscating 200,000 face masks last week, which American officials vehemently denied. The original claim from Berlin officials is now in question, and Berlin Mayor Michael Müller apologized for the “sharpness” of his remarks.
Berlin health senator Dilek Kalayci says fewer people are visiting emergency rooms since the COVID-19 pandemic began, expressing concern that individuals who belong in the ER are avoiding them because they don’t want to catch the coronavirus.
The German government announced it wants federal states to mandate a two-week quarantine for anyone living in Germany who returns from abroad. This comes at a time when the nation has surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The New Zealand government said it stopped flights a week ago after deciding that limiting movement was necessary to protect public health. But it reversed the policy because most tourists were finding it difficult to self-isolate.