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

24/11/2020 (14:15)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 09.50, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 4850 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 914 active cases in isolation and 613 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 759. The number of infections in nursing homes has increased in recent days. The Department of Health is therefore carrying out a rapid test pilot project for staff in a nursing home, in order to stop the further spread as quickly as possible.

There have been 345 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since last Friday: 95 on Saturday, 107 on Sunday, 65 on Monday and 78 today, Tuesday.

Of the 914 active cases, 99 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital (as of Tuesday 24 November 2020, 14.00; as of last Friday: 100 residents). In addition, a further 36 people from outside the canton or abroad are in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 135 people in total are being cared for in a Basel-Stadt hospital, 24 of whom require intensive care.

613 people from Basel are in quarantine: The total of 4850 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 3867 recoveries, 69 deaths and 914 active cases. There have been six deaths since the last bulletin on Friday. Five men and one woman, each with pre-existing risk conditions, aged between 43 and 88 years, died in hospital.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection continue to be diverse, as follows: 2561 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 27 October 2020 until 23 November 2020). 40 percent (or 1022 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 (44 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (10 per cent), at work (15 per cent) or during recreational activities (5 per cent).

New pilot project in a nursing home: Daily rapid tests for staff

Covid-19 infections have risen among nursing home residents in recent days. 75 residents from eleven different nursing homes have currently tested positive. The Department of Health wants to counteract a further rise in infections in nursing homes and is therefore offering a pilot project in a nursing home: Since 23 November 2020, all employees of the pilot nursing home have been offered a rapid test when they start work every day. The result of the rapid test is available within 15 minutes. The Department of Health intends the tests to prevent the further spread of the virus in nursing homes. Thomas Steffen: “I am very satisfied with the start of the pilot project. The rapid tests are voluntary but they have been very popular. Four symptom-free staff have so far tested positive.” If a rapid test produces a positive result, the result is confirmed with a conventional PCR test to be on the safe side. The staff are now in isolation. If the pilot project is successful, rapid tests will be used in affected nursing homes if infection numbers rise.

This coming Friday is Black Friday

This coming Friday is Black Friday, a day of discounts that will tempt large numbers of customers. In line with the Covid-19-Ordinance, the number of customers must be limited according to the retail space and indicated on the shop entrance. Protective measures must continue to be observed. Large shops such as Manor, Coop, Migros, Globus, Media Markt or Interdiscount were made aware of these regulations again in the run-up to Black Friday, so that customers can feel safe.

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Thomas Steffen, Cantonal Physician, Head of Medical Services

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Head of Communications,
Department of Health Basel-Stadt

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