QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 1,431 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. Of them, 851 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 for the first time, vocational and adult education centres. 

The number of diagnosed infections among students and staff now stands at 6,166 total, with 2,259 active cases -- 1,922 of which are in the public sector and 337 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 5,076 of the cumulative total, while there have been 1,090 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 4,942 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 1,224 teachers.

There are currently 892 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 744 in public schools and 148 in private schools. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 3,907 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.