According to figures released by the government on Saturday morning, 41,335 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the past 24 hours, a record since the start of the pandemic.
The country also recorded 1,888 deaths during the same period, a figure down slightly from Friday’s statistics.
Russia is the most affected country in Europe, with more than 8.7 million cases since the start of the health crisis, and a death toll of nearly 450,000 at the end of September.
President Vladimir Putin has declared a vacation period from October 30 to November 7 to fight infections.
In Moscow, that meant schools, beauty salons, shops, gyms and other “non-essential” services were closed, a move that amounts to a lockdown.
The rapid spread of COVID in Russia has been facilitated by the low vaccination rate of the population amid widespread mistrust, with only 33.8% of Russians fully immunized to date.
Russia’s Novgorod region has already extended the holiday period by an additional week, with cases continuing to rise there.
Citizens will be asked to stay out of the office for an additional seven days starting November 8.
The Novgorod regional authorities were the first to extend the measure on Monday.