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Ontario premier, education minister to make announcement amid coronavirus outbreak

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks to media about a child care credit for parents as teacher unions launch job action. Queen's Park

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and education minister Stephen Lecce are set to make an announcement amid the coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

The two will be joined by health minister Christine Elliott at Queen’s Park with the announcement set for 12:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: All publicly funded schools in Ontario closing for 2 weeks due to COVID-19

Global News has confirmed the government will be announcing that television channel TVO will move to be a 24/7 educational programming channel for children while schools are closed amid the pandemic.

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TVO is currently run by the ministry of education.

READ MORE: Ontario government cancels EQAO testing due to coronavirus outbreak

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The provincial government announced the closing of all publicly-funded schools on March 12 until at least April 6, leaving over two million students out of the classroom.

The government then proceeded to cancel all EQAO testing, as well.

Ontario currently has 301 active cases of coronavirus with five cases resolved and two deaths.

 

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