QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 1,533 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, 869 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 6,973 total, with 2,388 active cases -- 2,070 of which are in the public sector and 318 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 5,753 of the cumulative total, while there have been 1,220 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 5,607 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 1,366 teachers.

There are currently 920 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 781 in public schools and 139 in private schools. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 4,585 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.