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

08/12/2020 (14:40)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 08 December 2020, 11.00, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 6158 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 822 active cases in isolation and 499 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 654, with that of Switzerland at 593. The Department of Health denied an article published today in Die Weltwoche, according to which Head of the Department of Health Lukas Engelberger went to restaurants in neighbouring cantons.

The Department of Health denied an article published today in Die Weltwoche, according to which State Councillor Lukas Engelberger went to restaurants in neighbouring cantons. The Department of Health and Lukas Engelberger were not contacted in advance and did not have an opportunity to make a statement. The statements in the article about alleged restaurant visits are incorrect. Since the decision was taken to close the restaurants in the Canton of Basel-Stadt, Head of the Department of Health Lukas Engelberger has not eaten in any restaurants – in any cantons. His daughter completed training in ice skating outside the canton, prior to these measures coming into effect.

There have been 343 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since last Friday: 120 on Saturday, 75 on Sunday, 54 on Monday and 94 today, Tuesday.

Of the 822 active cases, 106 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. The number of Basel-Stadt residents in hospital has fallen slightly from 115 to 106 since last Friday. In addition, 44 people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 150 people in hospital, 18 require intensive care.

The total of 6158 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 5242 recoveries, 94 deaths and 822 active cases. Eleven women and men aged between 64 and 98 have died as a result of Covid-19 since the last bulletin of last Friday. Seven people died in hospital, two people died in a nursing home, one died at home and information is still awaited for another person.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection continue to be diverse, as follows: 2765 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 10 November 2020 until 07 December 2020). 47 percent (or 1292 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). 99 residents from twelve different nursing homes have currently tested positive.

New coronavirus update with cantonal physician Thomas Steffen

In cooperation with Telebasel and Radio Basilisk, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt last Friday began a series entitled “Going through the 2nd Wave Together” [Wir gehen gemeinsam durch die 2. Welle] with cantonal physician Thomas Steffen. As part of the programme, journalists from Telebasel and Radio Basilisk will regularly ask Thomas Steffen how we are getting through the second wave. The interviews will focus on social aspects, rather than primarily on medical or health policy aspects that are normally already covered by the daily news.

As with the first wave in spring, the current second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated protective measures taken by the Federal Government and the canton are affecting our everyday life and putting a strain on the majority of the Basel population. The new series with Thomas Steffen aims to answer questions and to advise and support people during this difficult time.

The programme is also available on the websites of Telebasel and Radio Basilisk, as well as on the coronavirus website of the Canton of Basel-Stadt. In the first part, Thomas Steffen talks about the current situation and the challenges in society.

View the contribution:
Coronavirus update with Thomas Steffen on YouTube, episode 1

Please note:

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