Illinois' governor has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the rest of the semester because of the threat of the coronavirus.

J.B. Pritzker announced the action Friday during his daily coronavirus briefing in Chicago, extending school closures past the April 30 date he previously set.

Through Thursday, the pandemic has claimed 1,072 lives in Illinois among 25,733 cases reported.

Students will continue to receive instruction and assignments over the internet through the end of the semester.