Coronavirus bulletin: Latest case numbers in Basel-Stadt – another 5,100 vaccination appointments for vaccination group 5
Department of Health
As of Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 10.30, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 12,453 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 381 active cases in isolation and 626 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 140 (CH: 93), the 14-day notification rate is 322 (CH: 227). Over 78,000 vaccinations have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt. Yesterday, Monday, the Department of Health made available a further 5,100 vaccination appointments for people aged between 50 and 65 years.
Occurrence of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt: Of the 381 active cases, 26 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 39 people in hospital, seven require intensive care.
The total of 12,453 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 11,872 recoveries, 200 deaths and 381 active cases. There have been 160 new cases of infection since the last bulletin on Wednesday, 07 April 2021. A 68-year-old man has died in hospital as a result of Covid-19.
Status of vaccinations
The cantonal vaccination campaign is continuing to progress. Yesterday, Monday, the Department of Health made available a further 5,100 vaccination appointments for people aged between 50* and 65* years. These vaccinations will be administered from 13 May until 18 May 2021, over Ascension Day and the weekend - in addition to the appointments that have already been allocated. The appointments were allocated according to registration date.
When the opening of vaccination group 5 was announced last week with around 5,000 appointments (see press release of 6 May 2021), there were around 10,000 people aged between 50* and 65* years on the waiting list. With yesterday’s provision of a further 5,100 appointments, these people will soon have their first vaccination.
The under 50s* will then be invited for their vaccination. Appointments for everybody in group 5 will also be allocated by registration date. People who registered at the beginning of March can expect to have their first vaccination by the end of May. People who registered early will therefore be given priority.
The total number of people on the waiting list is currently just under 44,000. People who have registered so far should have received at least their first vaccination by the end of June, if the deliveries forecast by the Federal Office of Public Health arrive. Appointments are allocated according to registration date. Allocation by age is no longer planned.
Priority will still be given to the over-65s, people with pre-existing conditions from the highest risk category and healthcare workers who are in direct and regular contact with patients.
As of yesterday, Monday 10 May 2021, a total of 78,071 vaccinations had been administered in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 24,722 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination.
Inadequate collection of contact details
Restaurants have been allowed to open their outdoor terraces again since 19 April 2021. One of the prerequisites for opening is that contact details are collected from all guests. This is stipulated in the Covid-19-Ordinance Special Situation and in the safety policy for the hospitality industry. During inspections over the last few days, inspectors found that contact details are being collected incorrectly or not collected at all. Correct collection of contact details involves surname, name, place of residence, telephone number, table number and duration of stay. This is important because it enables Contact Tracing to trace and contact other people who were there as quickly as possible, if there is a case of infection. This stops infected individuals from spreading the virus any further. If future inspections find discrepancies in collection of contact details, warnings will be issued and fines sought for repeat offenders.
*Date of birth is decisive for allocation of appointments if appointments are prioritised according to age and/or if an age cut-off is being applied
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.