QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 1,554 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, 871 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 7,176 total, with 2,377 active cases -- 2,066 of which are in the public sector and 311 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 5,938 of the cumulative total, while there have been 1,238 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 5,767 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 1,409 teachers.

There are currently 938 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 789 in public schools and 149 in private schools. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 4,799 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.