Coronavirus: Tuesday bulletin on the case numbers in the Canton of Basel-Stadt
Department of Health
As of Tuesday, 02 February 2021, 10:40, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 9363 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 221 active cases in isolation and 873 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 90 (CH: 101), the 14-day notification rate is 201 (CH: 254). Over 9800 people in Basel-Stadt have so far received the first dose of the vaccination against coronavirus and over 3700 further individuals have already received two doses of the vaccine. In total over 13600 vaccination doses have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt.
Of the 221 active cases, 35 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. In addition, 13 people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 38 people in hospital, 14 require intensive care.
The total of 9363 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 8962 recoveries, 180 deaths and 221 active cases. There have been 69 new cases of infection, and one woman aged 85 has died in hospital as a result of Covid-19 since the last bulletin on Friday, 29 January 2021.
Incidence of coronavirus infections involving the mutated virus in Basel-Stadt
As a precaution, the majority of positive test results are currently also being investigated for the mutation. The Department of Health is doing this to keep track of cases of the mutated virus, as it is considered to be more infectious than the coronavirus that has been circulating so far. However, cantonal physician Thomas Steffen reassuringly says that “confirmed cases will increase as a result of targeted investigations, but this still does not correspond to a representative sample per se”. Another objective is to break chains of infection. As of 10.00 on 2 February 2021, there are 61 known cases of the mutated virus in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. These include two related illnesses in the Isaak Iselin primary school building, which has now led to an extended quarantine for around 125 children and their families, as well as teachers. In accordance with FOPH guidelines, all children in classes where masks aren’t worn must go into extended quarantine if there is one single case of the coronavirus mutation. A whole school would only have to go into quarantine if the situation got out of control or if contact tracing was no longer able to differentiate and make decisions for resource-related reasons. 22 of the 61 cases are no longer active.
Information about sources of infection
The current sources of infection have been recorded as follows: 1000 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 05 January to 01 February 2021). 57 percent (or 569 cases) of the new infections could be attributed to known or suspected sources of infection. Most of them caught the infection from their own family (47 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (8 per cent), at work (11 per cent) or in a nursing home (10 per cent). 14 percent said that they had several possible sources of infection. 13 residents from two different nursing homes have currently tested positive.