The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the global number of COVID-19 deaths during the previous week climbed by 21%.
Of the 69,000 new deaths, most were reported in the Americas and South-east Asia, according to the dataset spanning July 19-25, reported dpa international.
So far, more than 4 million people worldwide are confirmed to have died after being infected, the Geneva-based agency said.
The number of infections reported last week was 3.8 million, up 8% from the previous week.
Nearly 194 million infections have been reported since the pandemic began in early 2020.