With the infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 rapidly spreading, there has been a mounting pressure to be vaccinated, leading to exponential growth in fake coronavirus vaccine certificates, primarily on Telegram, according to Israel-based cybersecurity firm Check Point.
The Check Point Research (CPR) has seen a whopping 257 per cent jump in the number of sellers using Telegram, since March, to advertise fake Covid 19 vaccination cards to those "who do not want to take the vaccine".
The advertisements promise the European Union (EU) digital Covid certificate, and coronavirus vaccination cards from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the UK National Health Service (NHS), alongside fake PCR Covid-19 tests to anyone willing to pay for as low as $100, down from $200 in March.
A decrease of 2,157 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours. The 497 new fatalities include 152 from Kerala and 137 from Maharashtra.
A total of 4,29,179 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,34,201 from Maharashtra, 36,848 from Karnataka, 34,367 from Tamil Nadu, 25,068 from Delhi, 22,775 from Uttar Pradesh, 18,252 from West Bengal and 18,004 from Kerala.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies