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Provincial data showed 44,837 tests have been performed since the last daily report.

A total of 502 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 107 in intensive care.

The province says 66 people are on ventilators in the hospital.

A car is pictured at a testing clinic at Peel Memorial Center Hospital in Brampton on November 1, 2020. Photo by Jack Boland, Toronto Sun. /Toronto Sun

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 92,761, with 3,332 deaths and 77,241 resolved cases.

Meanwhile, Toronto moved into Ontario’s “red zone” of COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, although the city has implemented its own set of stricter rules in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The change comes a day after Premier Doug Ford lowered the threshold for partial closures in the government’s color-coding system for pandemic rules.

Toronto had to move to the most restrictive level before a lockdown – even if the threshold remained higher.

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But the city has chosen to extend previous closures imposed by the province, which means indoor dining will still be banned and the closure of casinos, bingo halls and event spaces will continue.

The Hamilton, Halton and York regions are scheduled to go “red” on Monday.

The tiered system has come under fire since its announcement last week, with many health experts, including the Ontario Medical Association, calling it too lax.

Critics have noted that, among other things, indoor dining is allowed in restaurants and bars, even below the red alert level.

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