More than 4.4 million cases have also been recorded, according to the university’s count. Given the varied ways in which different countries report Covid-19 figures and the vast societal impact of the pandemic, the true number of infections and fatalities could be far higher.
Meanwhile, even nations that appear to have overcome the worst of their crises, such as China and South Korea, are finding that returning to normality is a lengthy and uncertain process.
The long road to reopening
More than a quarter of the global deaths — more than 84,000 — have occurred in the United States, where fatalities soared throughout April and continue to climb at a rate of around 1,500 a day. For weeks, the country has suffered more cumulative deaths than any other.
A number of Latin American countries have also reported rapid spikes in infections and deaths in recent days.
In Europe, which had been battered by the virus shortly before the Americas, some countries are starting to announce more positive steps. Former hotspots Spain and Italy are cautiously moving towards re-opening some businesses and are consistently reporting daily deaths in the hundreds — far lower than in March and early April.
But the outlook is more dire in the United Kingdom, which has seen the most deadly outbreak on the continent, according to official figures.
His government has meanwhile struggled to ramp up testing, frequently missing the target of 100,000 tests per day it had promised to reach by the end of April.
China is re-introducing restrictions after two cities reported new cases of the virus, including a lockdown in Shulan, near the Russian border — an ominous move that comes months after Wuhan became the first location in the world to shut in response to the virus.