TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to provide an update on the province’s response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 on Friday morning.
At his press conference in Toronto, the Prime Minister will be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe.
The press conference is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. CTVNewsToronto.ca will broadcast it live as soon as it begins.
Ford’s update comes a day after southern Ontario students’ return to in-person learning was pushed back.
Elementary schools in the southern part of the province (south of Sudbury) will remain closed until January 25, two weeks later than the original return date.
In-person learning will still resume in northern Ontario for elementary students on January 11.
All high school students must still return to class on January 25.
The province also announced Thursday that the lockdown in northern Ontario will be extended until January 25, in line with the end of the lockdown for the rest of the province.
The provincial government said it made the decisions after receiving new data indicating that rates of COVID-19 positivity in children have increased at alarming rates.
Ontario broke two COVID-19 records on Thursday with more than 3,500 new cases recorded and 89 additional confirmed deaths.
The province has seen the daily number of cases climb above 3,100 for four days.