QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 1,476 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, 940 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 6,554 total, with 2,305 active cases -- 1,996 of which are in the public sector and 309 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 5,394 of the cumulative total, while there have been 1,160 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 5,267 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 1,287 teachers.

There are currently 933 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 780 in public schools and 153 in private schools. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 4,249 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.