At a press conference on Friday, Health Minister Christian Dubé said that the health ministry is closely following the emergence of the U.K. COVID-19 virus variant in Quebec.\nIn total, eight cases of the U.K. virus variant have been confirmed in the province as of Friday.\nEditor's Choice: Here's How Much You Need To Make To Afford A Home In Montreal\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nWe're very, very closely following the evolution of the new variants in Quebec.\n\n\nQuebec Health Minister Christian Dubé\n\n\nThe first case of the U.K. variant in Quebec was found in December.\nTo date, Dubé said, only the U.K. variant has been detected in the province.\n"No [cases] of the other variants from Brazil or South Africa have been detected as of now," confirmed Dubé. \n"It worries us but we are very vigilant [...] We want to delay, as long as possible, the presence of the new U.K. variant." \nThe health ministry has three strategies to that end.\n\nThe first, the health minister said, is to limit contagion "in general."\n"We need to stay very, very careful during the deconfinement. We need to take for granted that there are other variant cases."\nSecond, Quebec is "putting all efforts in place" to carry out contact tracing and "slow down" the emergence of virus variants.\nAnd finally, "a proportion" of all positive tests are evaluated for a variant.\n"We're asking all Quebecers to get tested when they have even the most minor symptom," Dubé concluded.\n"The more we find positive cases quickly, the more we're able to trace them."\n"That's how we're going to control the propagation of the virus."