COVID-19 has now killed more than 3 million people worldwide from around 140 million infections, the Johns Hopkins University virus tracker said on Saturday.
The grim milestone comes amid vaccination efforts and rising cases in many countries, including in the United States, Brazil and India.
While United States has the highest death toll from the pandemic, Africa for now has the lowest.
More than 560,000 people have died from the virus in the United States, over 368,000 in Brazil and more 210,000 in Mexico. They are closely followed by India with over 175,000 deaths, the United Kingdom with over 127,000 deaths , Italy with 116,000 fatalities, Russia and France with 103,000 and 100,000 deaths respectively.