Coronavirus: Tuesday bulletin on the case numbers in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

06/04/2021 (14:00)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 10.40, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 10,845 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 285 active cases in isolation and 478 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 120 (CH: 118), the 14-day notification rate is 247 (CH: 256). In total 34,811 vaccination doses have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt. 14,414 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. On Maundy Thursday, the Basel coronavirus vaccination centre successfully passed a stress test intended to test the processes for the large quantities of vaccinations that have been announced. Furthermore, self-tests will be available in pharmacies from tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 to further augment personal protective measures.

Occurrence of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt: Of the 285 active cases, 28 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. In addition, 14 people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 42 people in hospital, six require intensive care.

The total of 10,845 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 10,364 recoveries, 196 deaths and 285 active cases. There have been 251 new cases of infection since the last bulletin on Tuesday, 30 March 2021. No further people have died of the consequences of Covid-19.

Information about sources of infection

The current sources of infection have been recorded as follows: 703 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 9 March to 5 April 2021). 41 per cent (or 288 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 (60 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (6 per cent), at work (10 per cent) or at schools providing compulsory education (5 per cent). Eight percent said that they had several possible sources of infection.

Status of vaccinations

As of yesterday, Monday 5 April 2021, a total of 34,811 vaccinations had been administered in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 14,414 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. 51,274 people have pre-registered for vaccination. In addition, a further 2,362 people have a pre-arranged vaccination appointment at the vaccination centre.

On Maundy Thursday, the Basel coronavirus vaccination centre underwent a stress test in order to test the processes for large amounts of vaccinations, as have been announced for the coming months. During the stress test, the plan was not to vaccinate the 1,000 invitees over a period of nine hours as usual, but between 09.00 and 13.30. This simulated a day with 4,000 possible vaccinations. The vaccination centre passed the test with flying colours and processes were further optimised. 30 nurses, two doctors, four care assistants, ten people on registration and checkout, one logistics expert and two supervisors were on duty.

More than 70 people did not turn up for their vaccination appointment on Maundy Thursday. To prevent these vaccination doses from going to waste, the staff at the vaccination centre tried to find people to get a vaccination at short notice on Easter Saturday, which turned out to be difficult. In the end, the vaccinations were given to 72 people from care facilities.

The Canton of Basel-Stadt received 8,900 vaccine doses today, Tuesday. This is the vaccine delivery that the Federal Government received on Maundy Thursday and that has now arrived in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. On Maundy Thursday, the Department of Health also invited 1,000 people to be vaccinated on the coming Friday (9 April 2021). The majority of these people are aged between 65 and 74 years. Around 2,500 vaccination doses are being made available for hospital healthcare workers and are being delivered directly to several hospitals. Additional vaccination doses are being reserved for staff in care and nursing homes. The second dose of the vaccination has been put aside in each case.

Self-tests in pharmacies from 7 April 2021

Self-tests will be available in pharmacies from tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 April 2021. With the antigen self-test, people can tests themselves for coronavirus at home using a nasal swab. Each individual is entitled to five free tests a month upon presentation of their health insurance card. Settlement is done through the health insurance organisation; the Federal Government organises the tests and undertakes to pay the costs. According to the Federal Government, there might be delays in delivery during the first few weeks if demand is high, but these should resolve themselves within the coming weeks. The Department of Health is not directly involved in the self-test initiative, but it will get an impression of the number of tests carried out and collect figures.

Self-testing is a way of further reinforcing personal protective measures. However, a negative rapid test does not mean certainty. It just gives a snapshot that is only meaningful for a maximum of one day. It is also important to bear in mind that the rapid test is less sensitive than the PCR test. Each positive rapid test result must therefore be confirmed with a PCR test.

Please note:

Case numbers continue to be updated every day on the website www.coronavirus.bs.ch. The latest vaccination figures can be found on the Basel-Stadt data portal.