QUEBEC CITY -- There are now 1,337 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, 823 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 5,473 total, with 2,194 active cases -- 1,818 of which are in the public sector and 376 in private education.

The vast majority of cases so far have been in the public sector with 4,467 of the cumulative total, while there have been 1,006 cases in the private sector. Since the beginning of the school year, 4,383 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 1,090 teachers.

There are currently 924 class closures, the ministry reported, counting 761 in public schools and 163 in private schools. 

Quebec reported in its latest update that 3,279 students and staff have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to school.