Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam gestures as she reponds to a question during a news conference on the COVID-19 virus in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country is running out of time to prevent a large resurgence of COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the chance of doing so “narrows with each passing day of accelerated epidemic growth.”

Her comments come as the country’s two most populous provinces continue to post their highest daily case counts in months, while imposing greater restrictions on virus hot spots.

Quebec reported 1,107 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while Ontario reported 653.

It was the second straight day Quebec reported more than 1,000 new cases, after staying below that threshold since early May.

New Brunswick also reported a new case of the virus today that local health officials say is tied to travel outside of the Atlantic bubble.

The Canadian Press