Nearly half a million people have died worldwide.
"Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.We're all in this together, and we're all in this for the long haul".
World Health Organization data reveals that as of Sunday, more than 60% of daily new cases came from countries in the Americas. The United States, which accounts for about 4 percent of the global population, has almost a quarter of the total confirmed cases, 2.4 million. The global death toll stands at 504,927, while cases neared 10.3m on Tuesday. The number of patients who died is now above 500,000.
While the overall rate of death has flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concerns about record numbers of new cases in countries like the United States, India and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia.
But Tedros cautioned that even with such prevalent spread, billions of people are still at risk of infection.
Tedros warned that because "most people remain susceptible" to the virus, the world is still only in the early stages of the outbreak. "The virus is spreading aggressively".
"We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead into understanding how the virus started". Here too, the cases emerged from a local meat market.
Washington has insisted on an investigation into the origins of the virus and accused the WHO of "covering" for Beijing, going so far as to sever all ties to the world health body at the end of May.
"As we have said repeatedly, national unity and global solidarity are essential to implementing a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission, save lives and minimize the social and economic impact of the virus", he said.
"No excuse for contact tracing".
He told an online press conference on Monday: "If there is a single failure for many of our countries to really not hunt down this virus (it) is our failure in contact tracing because we have lame excuses saying "it's too many and it's too hard to trace because there are too many".
Tedros said it was not acceptable that some countries claimed there were too many contacts to trace and that the process itself was too hard.