QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 2,341 Quebec schools that have reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 since the start of the school year, according to the latest government data from Dec. 15 Of them, 1,228 are dealing with active cases. 

The figures published by the education ministry concern pre-school, elementary, high schools both in the public and private sectors -- and vocational and adult education centres. 

The total number of diagnosed infections among students and staff since the start of the pandemic now stands at 19,279 , with 5,087 active cases -- 4,289 of which are in the public sector and 798 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 16,586 of the cumulative total, while there have been 2,693 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 15,656 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 3,623 teachers.

There are currently 1,638 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 1,431 in public schools and 207 in private schools. The ministry also reported that 10 schools are currently closed or partially closed. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 14,192 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.