Coronavirus: First death in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

12/03/2020 (19:15)
Press release
Department of Health

A 67-year-old patient with severe pre-existing illnesses became the first person to die in connection with the coronavirus in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Head of the Department of Health, Lukas Engelberger, offered his condolences to the patient’s family.

Today, Thursday, 12 March 2020, a 67-year-old female patient died as a consequence of COVID-19 infection (coronavirus infection) at the University Hospital of Basel. The patient, who lived in the Canton of Basel-Stadt, was suffering from serious pre-existing conditions and was additionally weakened by infection with the COVID-19 virus. She had been hospitalised at the University Hospital of Basel since 4 March 2020, where her respiratory condition sadly continued to deteriorate.

Head of the Department of Health, Lukas Engelberger, offered his condolences to the patient’s family.