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People walk on the street in protective masks in Moscow, Russia, on Dec. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Evgeny Sinitsyn)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday instructed the government to begin large-scale vaccinations against the coronavirus next week.

MOSCOW, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia registered 28,145 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily increase to date, the country's COVID-19 response center said Thursday.

The country has recorded 2,375,546 coronavirus infections over the course of the pandemic, making its caseload the fourth highest in the world.

Figures show that another 29,502 patients have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,859,851.

The country's death toll rose by 554 to 41,607.

Moscow, the region hit hardest by COVID-19 in the country, confirmed a cumulative caseload of 625,189 and saw 7,750 new infections over the past day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday instructed the government to begin large-scale vaccinations against the coronavirus next week. They will be voluntary and free of charge. ■

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