The number of confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, reached 500,108 on Sunday, while the total number of infections passed the 10 million mark worldwide, with some 10,055,037 cases reported.
He cited reports from governors that the majority of new cases are among people age 35 and under, with many of those asymptomatic, and said these areas have the hospital capacity, personal protective equipment and medical tools to fight the virus - for the time being.
The United States accounts for the majority of global cases of the virus.
But the worrying trend is also happening in places like Kansas.
In the United States, Florida, one of the earliest USA states to reopen, has seen an exponential rise in its daily new confirmed case counts. Since that date, there have been no days when Florida's new COVID-19 case numbers were below 1,000.
Europe, which was earlier an epicentre of the virus, has over 2.6 million cases, but the daily figures have come down significantly.
The number of recovered patients increased to 8,740 with 17 new recoveries, said Hind Ezzine, head of the Department of Epidemic Diseases of the Ministry of Health, at a regular press briefing.
The latest daily caseload is up from the previous day, but still lower than the country's record high of more than 45,000 new cases identified last Friday. "We have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibly".
The city's mayor Peter Soulsby said: "These measures are stricter than we anticipated but we understand the need for firm action". State leaders, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have refused calls to mandate the wearing of face masks even as experts say they are vital to mitigating community spread.
The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.