COVID-19 virus variants are projected to become Quebec's most prevalent strains by early April, according to a new report by the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ). \nThe report says that the B.1.1.7 variant strain, identified in the U.K., and the B.1.351 variant strain, identified in South Africa, "will soon represent more than 50% of new COVID-19 cases in Quebec."\nEditor's Choice: The CAQ Got Québec Solidaire To Take Down A 'Heinous' Post About Legault Letting Women Die\n\nLes plus récentes projections de nos experts et collaborateurs confirment que les variants de la #COVID19 deviendront dominants au Québec dès le début avril. Tous les détails ⬇️ https://t.co/y1DqYI8PT5 @mcgillu @crchuqc— INSPQ (@INSPQ) March 26, 2021\n\nThese variant strains are about 40% more transmissible than other strains, the report says.\nAccording to INSPQ epidemiologist Dr. Gaston De Serres, "the increase in the number of cases of variants under enhanced surveillance means that the current level of implementation of prevention measures is insufficient to contain their transmission and control the epidemic, at least until a very large proportion of the Quebec population is vaccinated."\nIn the report, INSPQ says it "believes that the next few weeks will be crucial to contain the rise of COVID-19 variants in Quebec." \nThere are currently more than 4,682 cases of COVID-19 variant strains in Quebec.