Over 150 Japanese nationals were evacuated on a special flight that flew in from Tokyo. Four other flights flew 500 people to Germany, 120 to Ukraine and 240 to two Baltic nations.
The first phase of the vaccination drive started on January 16, covering healthcare and frontline workers across the country
They have also been advised to increase testing in a focussed manner in the affected districts
Nearly 75 percent of the country's active cases are from Kerala and Maharashtra
The measures suggested include regular monitoring of the mutant strains through testing followed by Genome Sequencing