Coronavirus cases reported at 172 schools in Quebec, education ministry says



a little girl that is standing in the grass: The government started resuming published school-linked COVID-19 data on Tuesday.


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The government started resuming published school-linked COVID-19 data on Tuesday.

There is at least one case of the novel coronavirus in 172 schools across Quebec, the province’s education ministry announced Tuesday.

The government’s latest figures, which date from last week, show that there are 283 cases of COVID-19 in preschool, elementary and high schools as well as adult education centres.

To date, there are 217 students — the majority of whom attend public schools — who have contracted the virus. Officials say 66 staff members have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

There are 2,685 schools in Quebec and more than one million students who attend them.

When asked about cases in schools, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said the province will maintain its current preventive measures in schools.

“Our plan is to stick to our plan,” he told reporters in Quebec City.

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