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

26/02/2021 (14:00)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Friday, 26 February 2021, 10:30, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 9819 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 152 active cases in isolation and 342 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 57 (CH: 67), the 14-day notification rate is 99 (CH: 149). In total 22,096 vaccinations have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt. 9363 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. There are just under 6,000 people on the Canton of Basel-Stadt’s vaccination waiting list.

Of the 152 active cases, ten residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. In addition, seven people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 17 people in hospital, seven require intensive care.

The total of 9,819 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 9,475 recoveries, 192 deaths and 152 active cases. There have been 68 new cases of infection, and one woman aged 79 has died in hospital as a result of Covid-19 since the last bulletin on Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

Information about sources of infection

The current sources of infection have been recorded as follows: 508 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 29 January to 25 February 2021). 48 per cent (or 245 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 (42 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (4 per cent), at work (10 per cent) or at schools providing compulsory education (6 per cent). 27 per cent said that they had several possible sources of infection. Due to holidays, statistics regarding the coronavirus situation in Basel-Stadt schools will not be published again until 5 March 2021.

Testing concept in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

The Department of Health is currently working on a concept for extending preventive testing into several spheres. The plan is to also offer testing in schools, businesses, sociomedical institutions and for the general population in risk situations. Testing will be specifically intensified in the event of any outbreaks in schools until the concept is in place. This should mean that contact tracing is augmented and reinforced by child and adolescent health services in the event of any outbreaks in schools.

The Department of Health thinks that targeted wider testing in the spheres mentioned is a sensible idea. The most targeted approach possible should be taken in order to achieve a good cost-benefit ratio and to use the available laboratory capacity as efficiently as possible.

The status of vaccinations

As of yesterday, Thursday 25 February 2021, 22,096 vaccinations had been given in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Last Wednesday 1,217 people received their first vaccination at the vaccination centre. These people were given an appointment following the information letter sent to the over 75s (see press release of 19 January 2021). The individuals are mainly those without internet access who were able to register by telephone on a special number given in the information letter. Mobile teams from the vaccination centre administered 438 vaccinations, mainly second vaccinations, in a total of seven nursing homes on Wednesday and Thursday. A total of 9363 people in the Canton of Basel-Stadt have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. There are just under 6,000 people on the Canton of Basel-Stadt’s vaccination waiting list.

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.