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

03/11/2020 (14:25)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 03 November 2020, 08.50, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 2800 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 840 active cases in isolation and 2376 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 534.

There have been 312 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since Friday: 88 on Saturday, 77 on Sunday, 70 on Monday and 77 today, Tuesday.

Of the 840 active cases, 48 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital (as of Tuesday 03 November 2020, 14.00; as of last Friday: 29 residents). In addition, a further 29 people from outside the canton or abroad are in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 77 people in total are being cared for in a Basel-Stadt hospital, twelve of whom require intensive care.

2376 people from Basel are in quarantine: 436 are people who have returned after travelling, and 1940 are close contact persons of infected individuals. The total of 2800 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 1906 recoveries, 54 deaths and 840 active cases.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection are diverse, as follows: 1435 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 06 October 2020 until 02 November 2020). 26 percent (or 374 cases) of the new infections could be attributed to known or suspected sources of infection. Most people became infected within their family (30 percent) or when meeting family or friends (7 percent), during leisure time (21 percent), at work (17 percent), as well as on aeroplanes or when travelling (6 percent).

As case numbers increase, there have now also been new Covid-19 infections in nursing home residents. A total of eleven residents in four nursing homes have so far tested positive.

Situation in schools

Markus Ledergerber, head of child and adolescent health services, on the situation in schools: “In the meantime teachers - more rarely pupils - keep testing positive or a teacher has to go into quarantine. And in school settings, almost everybody now knows a family whose children and consequently at least one parent have had to go into quarantine. That is part of the phase we are in right now with high numbers of infections, diverse sources of infection and the school lessons that are currently taking place. We ask that everybody deals with it calmly and carefully.”

The safety policies in schools are good, and the classroom is still a very rare place for infection to occur. The weak links are usually joint meetings, discussions or breaks where masks are not worn. Smaller groups of teachers have therefore had to go into quarantine in recent days. Furthermore, a teacher at one site received a positive test result which meant that 15 of the approximately 100 teachers had to go into quarantine. In cases such as this, schools organise supply teachers so that lessons can continue. At secondary II level, distance learning is possible in the short term on a case by case basis. Teachers and parents of classes that have been taught by teacher who has tested positive receive a letter from child and adolescent health services. Depending on the situation, the school management will inform the parents and teachers of classes whose teacher is in quarantine.