Amid the medical oxygen crisis due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases across the country, the Telangana government has decided to move oxygen tankers by warplanes. According to a message from the Chief Minister's Office, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has implemented the move with the aim of saving people in times of need in the face of an increased demand for oxygen for Covid patients. "Realising that a lot of time will be wasted moving oxygen from distant places through containers, Chief Minister has decided to move oxygen tankers by warplanes," the statement said, adding that such an idea is ideal for the country at "emergency times". As per the union health ministry, there are currently 62,929 active cases in Telangana. As many as 3,30,304 recoveries and 1,999 deaths have been reported so far.
Yediyurappa discharged from hospital
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who last week said that he had tested positive for coronavirus, was discharged from a private hospital in Bengaluru. This was the second time that Yediyurappa, 78, had contracted the virus. In an appeal to people, the BJP leader said: "We have reached a stage where it cannot be controlled. From now on, please don't come out of your home unnecessarily. We have already taken a lot of steps and strict measures. Please don't give reasons to police to impose a fine on you for not wearing a mask. I request all your cooperation for the sake of everyone in (the) society." The Chief Minister, who was hospitalised last week, continued to hold meetings virtually. On Monday, he chaired an all-party meeting to discuss the Covid situation.