Health Minister Christian Dubé declared on Monday morning that Quebec is officially in the third wave of the pandemic. \n"There's no question whether there's a third wave or not — we are in a third wave," said Dubé.\nEditor's Choice: Someone Got EXCITED About MTL Gyms Reopening & Started Doing Acrobatics On The Equipment\n\n\nMêlée de presse sur l'offre de dépistage et de vaccinaction sur le territoire du CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal29 mars 2021Posted by Christian Dubé - Député de La Prairie on Monday, March 29, 2021\nDubé said that the key to fighting the third wave is to "control it" as much as possible. \nThe health minister suggested that the third wave is being spurred on by the COVID-19 virus variants that are spreading throughout the province. \nMayor Valérie Plante echoed his declaration on Twitter and saluted the efforts of the health authorities, saying that "the situation remains in control for the moment, despite the spread of the variant."\n\nCOVID variants are spreading in the province.\nThe health minister was accompanied by Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal’s public health director.\n"Evidently, we’re seeing that the situation across Quebec is being aggravated [...] by the spread of variants," she explained.\nOn March 26, an INSPQ report estimated that these virus variants will become the most prevalent stains over the next month in Quebec and "will soon represent more than 50% of new COVID-19 cases in Quebec."\nAccording to the report, these variant strains are 40% more transmissible than other variants.\nVariants are being concentrated in "Cote-Saint-Luc, Plamondon, Outremont and are migrating towards Ville Saint-Laurent," said Dr. Drouin.\n"People need to continue to get tested and to be as collaborative as possible with contact tracing so we can have as many vaccinations as possible," concluded Dubé.\n\nVaccination efforts, meanwhile, will continue.\nAs of March 22, a number of pharmacies in Montreal began to take vaccination appointments for people over the age of 60.\nAlong with the many vaccination sites on the island, the past month has seen an intensification of the number of vaccine doses being administered.\nDr. Drouin said that in Montreal, "around 19% of the population, [...] almost 1 in 5 people, have received their first dose\n\nDoes this mean things are closing in Quebec?\nThe government has not announced any further closures or measures during this third wave, yet.\nAs of Monday, high school students were allowed to go back to school full-time. Meanwhile, gyms have opened in all zones in Quebec.\nBusinesses including shopping centres and movie theatres remain open and will be allowed to welcome a limited number of shoppers indoors.\nBars and restaurants are still closed to the public but remain open for takeout and delivery.