The WHO has issued a warning about the danger of overworking. It said this has caused the premature death of hundreds of thousands of people. The organization found that around three-quarters of a million workers die early from strokes and heart attacks because of overworking. Most of these deaths were in people aged 60 to 70 who worked over 55 hours a week between the ages of 45 and 74. Men accounted for 72 per cent of these deaths.
The WHO said people who overwork have a 42 per cent increased risk of stroke, and a 19 per cent increased chance of heart disease. It said: "No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments...need to...agree on limits to protect the health of workers." Over nine per cent of people overwork. The WHO said the situation is "accelerating" because of the pandemic. It said there is a "trend towards increased working time".