6.6 million people have been infected with the new coronaviruses and more than 8.7 million people are thought to have died in the pandemic, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
The figure is a sharp increase from the 8.5 million who died in 2014.
It represents a 5 percent increase in the total number of people infected.
The number of cases is expected to grow as people continue to return to work, the WHO said.
The coronaviral pandemic is the largest since the pandemics of 1918 and 1980, which killed an estimated 7.4 million people.
It is not clear how many people have died because many countries have not yet recorded coronavirs and some cases have not been reported at all.
The World Health Assembly, which meets in Geneva next week, is scheduled to discuss the coronaviris and other threats to global health.