The World Health Organisation says the global number of coronavirus deaths during the previous week climbed by 21 per cent.
Of the 69,000 new deaths, most were reported in the Americas and Southeast Asia according to the dataset spanning July 19-25.
More than four million people worldwide are confirmed to have died after being infected, the Geneva-based agency said.
It added that the number of COVID-19 deaths increased in all regions except for Europe.
The number of infections reported last week was 3.8 million, up 8 per cent from the previous week.
The countries that reported the highest number of infections last week are the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India.
More than 194 million infections have been reported since the pandemic escalated in early 2020.
The WHO said that "if these trends continue, the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks".
Close to 3.7 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered globally, according to the WHO.
The Delta variant has been detected in another eight countries over the past seven days, which means it has a presence in 132 countries.
with AP and EFE
Australian Associated Press