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As Russia Reports Record COVID Deaths, Moscow Closes Largest Vaccination Center

Russia reported a record number of deaths from the coronavirus for a third time this month on Tuesday while officials in Moscow shut down the city’s biggest vaccination center even as low vaccination rates contribute to the worsening pandemic.

Moscow officials announced Monday that the largest vaccination point in the capital in Gostiny Dvor, a huge exhibition space, would be closed in order to hold “cultural events” at the location instead.

The closure comes as Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 895 new fatalities, the country’s highest daily death toll in the pandemic, and 25,110 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. In Moscow alone, daily new infections have nearly quadrupled from about 1,100 in early September to about 4,000 this week.

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