Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Factories Around The World Try To Resolve Mask Shortages

Thursday, April 23, 2020

From a curtain producer in Shanghai to a factory in Prague, a look at the frenzy surrounding the Personal Protective Equipment business.

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Germany Says It Has Identified The 1st Coronavirus Transmission In The Country

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

German health authorities claim great success in testing and contact tracing, even pinpointing the country's first coronavirus transmission to the passing of a salt shaker in a Bavarian mess hall.

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Germany Is Conducting Nationwide COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The country has been testing on a larger scale than most other countries. Studying antibodies in the blood can show whether someone has fought off the virus.

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Clubbing In The Time Of COVID-19: Berlin Clubs Are Closed, So DJs Are Livestreaming

Saturday, April 18, 2020

People are dancing at home to livestreamed sets. "I think this is probably the most difficult time since World War II," says Lutz Leichsenring of the Berlin Club Commission. "Everything is shut down."

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How Governments Around The World Are Reacting To The Economic Shutdown

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The U.S. government is spending over $2 trillion to help the nation overcome the coronavirus economic shutdown. NPR correspondents in India, Mexico and Germany relay what other governments are doing.

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Economic Response To Coronavirus Again Exposes North-South Divide In EU

Monday, April 06, 2020

A north-south divide is again dividing Europe, this time in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In Germany, High Hopes For New COVID-19 Contact Tracing App That Protects Privacy

Thursday, April 02, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she welcomes development of a COVID-19 tracing app that protects data and doesn't store users' locations. It uses Bluetooth to log proximity to other cellphones.

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Nearly Half A Million Companies In Germany File For State Funds To Pay Workers

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

As Europe's largest economy gets hit with COVID-19, a German government financial aid program will make up some of the lost income for millions of employees.

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'Das Coronavirus' Podcast Captivates Germany With Scientific Info On The Pandemic

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Produced by the public broadcaster NDR, the program features scientist Christian Drosten giving clear information about COVID-19, but so far it's in German only.

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Sign Of The Times: Germany's Top Podcast Deals With Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

After two daily episodes, Das Coronavirus Update, a podcast by one of the world's leading virologists, shot to No.1 in Germany. When does a top coronavirus researcher find time to do a podcast?

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Behind Germany's Relatively Low COVID-19 Fatality Rate

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Europe is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of deaths in Italy and Spain is horrifying, but another statistic also stands out: Germany's relatively low death rate.

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Why Germany's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Italy's fatality rate hovers around 10%. France's is at around 5%. Yet Germany's fatality rate from COVID-19 is just 0.5%. As of March 25, there were 175 deaths and 34,055 cases.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Goes Into Self-Isolation

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Merkel put herself under self-quarantine after learning that her doctor had tested positive for COVID-19.

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EU Locks Down Borders To Try To Slow Spread Of COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The European Union is closing its external borders for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Movement within EU member nations will still be allowed.

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European Nations See A Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Monday, March 16, 2020

Italy remains the hardest-hit country in Europe — though other nations are seeing rising numbers of coronavirus cases and are moving to shut down place where groups of people gather.

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Joyful Kids, Frayed Parents When COVID-19 Scare Closes German School

Thursday, March 05, 2020

One of the first schools to close in Germany because of a student's possible link to the coronavirus, is also the one attended by the children of NPR's Berlin correspondent.

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Germany To Investigate Mass Shooting Outside Frankfurt As Right-Wing Terrorist Attack

Thursday, February 20, 2020

German police say the gunman who murdered 10 people late on Wednesday at two hookah bars near Frankfurt might have been motivated by far-right and anti-immigrant views.

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Shootings In Germany Kill 10; Police Suspect Far-Right Extremism

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Racism is a poison. Hate is a poison," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, as evidence pointed to the gunman being motivated by extreme views.

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U.S. Pressures Europe To Find Alternatives To Huawei

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Discussions at the Munich Security Conference have been somewhat overshadowed by the deepening divide between the U.S. and Europe over Huawei.

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What To Expect From The Munich Security Conference

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The annual Munich Security Conference has been the scene of intensive talks about Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to address the subject in a speech today.

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