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

23/03/2021 (14:00)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10.30, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 10,347 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 231 active cases in isolation and 943 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 89 (CH: 96), the 14-day notification rate is 184 (CH: 201). In total 27,686 vaccination doses have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt. 11,398 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. The Department of Health is today providing information about the cantonal vaccination plan until the end of June, following arrival of additional vaccination doses in Basel and more information from the Federal Government. The Department of Health is also highlighting the rapid test options in the canton.

Of the 231 active cases, 28 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. In addition, five people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 33 people in hospital, six require intensive care.

The total of 10,347 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 9,923 recoveries, 193 deaths and 231 active cases. There have been 75 new cases of infection since the last bulletin on Friday, 19 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: 344 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 23 February to 22 March 2021). 46 per cent (or 158 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 (50 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (8 per cent) or at work (11 per cent). 20 per cent said that they had several possible sources of infection. One resident of a Basel-Stadt nursing home has currently tested positive.

Rapid tests

Tests have also been free for asymptomatic individuals since the middle of March. Asymptomatic individuals who wish to be tested can claim a maximum of one rapid test per person per week from their health insurance organisation. Individuals who wish to be tested more frequently must pay for the additional tests themselves. Basel-Stadt has over 70 test centres in clinics, laboratories, medical practices and pharmacies where rapid tests can be taken. Information about rapid tests and test centres can be found on the coronavirus website of the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

The status of vaccinations

As of yesterday, Monday 22 March 2021, 27,686 vaccinations had been given in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 11,398 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. As of 12.15 on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 45,085 people have pre-registered for vaccination.

Vaccination planning until the end of June in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

The cantons have received new information about vaccine delivery quantities. The Federal Office of Public Health is currently expecting vaccine delivery quantities to increase sharply. Here’s how vaccination planning looks for the Canton of Basel-Stadt:

  • By the beginning of April, all nursing home residents who wish to be vaccinated will have received two vaccinations.
  • By the end of April, all over-65s and at-risk individuals who wish to be vaccinated are expected to have received an appointment for their first vaccination.
  • By the end of June, all adults who wish to be vaccinated are expected to have received an appointment for their first vaccination.

​​​​This plan is contingent on the timely arrival of at least the deliveries that have been announced up until today of the two vaccines that have so far been approved.

The deliveries that have recently arrived will be used as follows:

Yesterday several hospitals received a total of 2,000 vaccination doses for vaccinating healthcare workers in the highest risk category (group 2a of the attached vaccination plan). The University Hospital of Basel, the University Children’s Hospital of the two Basel Cantons, Universitäre Altersmedizin Felix Platter, Claraspital, Adullam Spital and the University Psychiatric Clinics (UPK) Basel have received vaccination doses.

The Department of Health is glad that it can also offer new vaccination appointments for the population. A total of 600 new vaccination appointments can be allocated to the public for this coming Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 March, and 800 additional new vaccination appointments can be allocated to the public for this coming Tuesday, 30 March 2021. Eligible individuals will shortly receive an SMS with the vaccination appointment for their first vaccination.

Over-65s and at-risk individuals will soon be eligible for vaccination (groups 1d and 1e of the attached vaccination plan): The Department of Health assumes that people aged 65 and over and at-risk individuals will receive their first vaccination in April. Anybody who hasn’t registered yet is invited to do so. At-risk individuals (group 1e), i.e. people under 65 with chronic illnesses, must produce a medical certificate when they register. A template can be found on the website of the vaccination centre.

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.

Vaccination plan of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (as of 23/03/2021)​​​​​​​