As longer Americans are emerging in the coronavirus lockdown the nation marked a somber milestone of 100,000 dead.
"If we have a really significant diminution in the number of new cases and hospitalizations and we're at a level where it's really very low, you might have some capability of gathering", he said.
Over the past 24 hours, 56 more people died from the virus, raising the death toll to 7,564 in Iran.
"It's a striking reminder of how unsafe this virus can be", said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington.
About 1400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2000 per day in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths.
US deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 100,000 on Wednesday even as the daily average death toll declines, businesses reopen and Americans emerge from lockdowns across the country. Early on, President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and predicted the country wouldn't reach this death toll.
Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, the United States ranks eighth based on deaths per capita, according to a Reuters tally.
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The Prime Minister said people should not be inside the homes of their friends and families - unless it is to access gardens. If they live with others, then the rest of the household will have to isolate for 14 days.
All U.S. deaths linked to the virus have occurred since February - a span of just three months.
There is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, though several emergency treatments are being used after showing some promise in preliminary testing. As of Wednesday afternoon, the official tally of deaths in the US stood at 99,674.
It's not even clear when the coronavirus first appeared in the United States.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country stands at 1.69 million. Another one in five said they'd refuse.
"Despite the bad losses seen and the many difficulties Americans have faced to date in this pandemic, we're still probably only in the early stages", said Michaud. There's also reason to be concerned about a new wave of infections in the fall.
Because it can take one or two weeks between the time people get infected and when they get sick enough to die, it now appears the virus was circulating in California in late January, if not earlier. "So, we're definitely not out of the woods yet". However, the coronavirus has been seen attacking in far stealthier ways - from blood clots to heart and kidney damage.
The coronavirus was reported as a cause in about half the excess deaths, but experts also believe the virus was likely a factor in many others. "All across the country, families are mourning loved-ones lost to this disease", House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.