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

27/11/2020 (15:30)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Friday, 27 November 2020, 09.50, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 5198 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 970 active cases in isolation and 488 people in quarantine. The 14-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 735. The canton has intensified safety policy inspections for today’s Black Friday and has 20 staff on duty.

There have been 348 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since Tuesday: 109 on Wednesday, 146 on Thursday and 93 today, Friday.

Of the 970 active cases, 106 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital (as of Friday 27 November 2020, 14.00; as of last Tuesday: 99 residents). In addition, a further 37 people from outside the canton or abroad are in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 143 people in total are being cared for in a Basel-Stadt hospital, 21 of whom require intensive care.

488 people from Basel are in quarantine: The total of 5198 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 4153 recoveries, 75 deaths and 970 active cases. There have been six deaths since the last bulletin on Tuesday. Three women and two men aged between 74 and 90 died in hospital, and a 94-year-old lady died in a nursing home. All of these cases suffered from pre-existing risk conditions.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection continue to be diverse, as follows: 2633 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 30 October 2020 until 26 November 2020). 42 percent (or 1094 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 (16 per cent) or in a nursing home (11 per cent).

About today’s Black Friday

Today, Friday, is Black Friday, a day of discounts that will tempt large numbers of customers into the shops. 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. Since Tuesday, the canton’s covid inspection teams have been making face-to-face contact with the managers of the department stores Coop City and Pfauen, Globus, Migros Dreispitz, Manor Greifengasse and St. Jakob-Park and Media Markt, Stücki as well as Interdiscount. They had to present the safety policies and show which measures they have planned to keep to the maximum number of customers in the stores, especially if there are several entrances, and how they will monitor this. It was also important for the inspection teams to see how protective measures will be guaranteed should queues build up in front of the stores. The department stores and supermarkets responded cooperatively to the visits and informed the Department of Health of their safety policies and protective measures.

Today, Friday, numerous teams are out in the city for inspection and monitoring activities. The presence of the covid inspection teams has been increased, with a total of 20 staff on duty.

New data set: People who have tested positive, by age and gender

A new data set is now available in the coronavirus data portal. It shows the number of residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt who have tested positive, by gender and age, in 10 year classes. The data set is updated daily at this link.

Please note:

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