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

04/12/2020 (14:15)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Friday, 04 December 2020, 10.00, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 5815 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 934 active cases in isolation and 545 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 656, with that of Switzerland at 598.

There have been 307 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since Tuesday: 99 on Wednesday, 124 on Thursday and 84 today, Friday.

Of the 934 active cases, 115 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. The number of Basel-Stadt residents in hospital has fallen slightly since last Tuesday from 120 to 115. In addition, 39 people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 154 people in hospital, 18 require intensive care.

The total of 5815 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 4798 recoveries, 83 deaths and 934 active cases. Three women aged between 86 and 95 have died as a result of Covid-19 since the last bulletin on Tuesday. All three died in a nursing home.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection are diverse, as follows: 2725 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 06 November 2020 until 03 December 2020). 46 percent (or 1257 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 (10 per cent), at work (17 per cent) or in a nursing home (11 per cent).

Information in different languages

During the pandemic, it has become apparent that vulnerable people who often do not speak any of the national languages of Switzerland have greater difficulty accessing secure, up-to-date and local information about dealing with coronavirus. For that reason, the Department of Health has recorded voice messages in 17 languages with the most important regulations and recommendations about coronavirus, in cooperation with the HEKS/EPER Regional Office Basel (both sides) and FemmesTISCHE Basel. For some weeks now, these messages have been spread through the networks of intercultural organisations via Whatsapp, following the principle of a “phone flood”. They are supposed to keep informed those people who cannot be reached via the official communication channels.

The audio files are available to download on the website www.coronavirus.bs.ch/sprachen. Information of this kind can also be used in other situations involving people who do not speak any of Switzerland’s national languages, e.g. in the Social Welfare Department or in the area of asylum. The Department of Health has made the audio files available to other cantons.

Please note:

Case numbers continue to be updated every day on the website www.coronavirus.bs.ch.