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

20/10/2020 (11:30)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 10.00, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 1686 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 262 active cases in isolation and 801 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 164.

As announced last Friday, the Department of Health is increasing the frequency of the bulletin because of the rising number of cases: It will now appear twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The case numbers will continue to be updated daily in statistical form on the website

There have been 138 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since Friday: 42 on Saturday, 45 on Sunday, 32 on Monday and 19 today, Tuesday.

Of the 262 active cases, six residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital (last Friday’s bulletin: three people). In addition, a further five people from outside the canton are in hospital in the canton of Basel-Stadt. Eleven people in total are being cared for in a Basel-Stadt hospital, three of whom require intensive care.

801 people from Basel are in quarantine: 445 people who have returned after travelling, and 356 close contacts of infected persons. The total of 1686 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 1370 recoveries, 54 deaths and 262 active cases.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection are diverse, as follows: 393 new infections were registered in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 22 September 2020 until 19 October 2020). 28 percent (or 111 cases) of the new infections could be attributed to known or suspected sources of infection. Most people became infected within the family (20 percent) or when meeting family or friends (6 percent), during leisure time (26 percent), at work (13 percent), as well as on aeroplanes or when travelling (11 percent).

Update on the FCB team

Following the positive test result of an FCB player last Monday, announced on Sunday, the cantonal medical service has analysed the various opportunities that the player had for contact with other team members and staff, and decided to place 23 players and two staff members in quarantine. This therefore involves most of the First Team. Acting cantonal physician and head of the contact tracing team, Simon Fuchs, was on site at FCB on Sunday evening, and explained the instructions for quarantine to the players and staff members. Many of the players are not resident in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Their further care will now be handed over to the respective contact tracing services outside the canton.

Many quarantine cases currently in schools

Positive cases from school settings were registered over the weekend and at the start of the week, which is not surprising given the increased number of cases.

60 pupils from Sekundarschule Vogesen [Vosges secondary school] were placed in quarantine yesterday, after having been taught by a teacher who had tested positive. One of these pupils has now become ill with COVID-19. It is to be assumed that this pupil was infected by the teacher. The parents were informed by the school management.

There have been further positive cases in several primary schools, which have necessitated quarantine for around 50 more children and teachers. Cases have arisen in some other schools (primary and secondary schools, grammar schools and vocational schools) where class quarantines were not necessary, since the safety policies of the schools were adhered to.

There is currently nothing to report on the situation in nursing homes.

Please note:

Case numbers continue to be updated every day on the website