Work-related illnesses and injuries kill nearly two million people annually, largely because of long working hours, the UN said Friday, warning the pandemic would surely worsen the situation. The AFP reports that the first-ever joint assessment by the UN’s health and labour agencies of the global disease and injury burden linked to jobs stretches from 2000 to 2016, and does not include the dramatic shifts in working conditions brought on by the Covid-19 crisis. Exposure to long working hours, defined as working 55 hours a week or more, was the key risk factor, and deemed responsible for some 750,000 deaths in 2016, the report said.