A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has proven that long working hours have killed hundreds of thousands of people in a year.
The study which is first of its kind globally showed that at least 745,000 people died in 2016 from stroke and heart disease due to long hours of work.
The research found that people living in South East Asia and the Western Pacific region were the most affected.
WHO also said the trend may worsen due to the coronavirus pandemic which has eaten deep into the economy of most countries.
The research found that working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with a working week of 35 to 40 hours.
The study, which was conducted in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), also proved that almost three quarters of those that died as a result of working long hours were middle-aged or older men.
Often, the deaths occurred much later in life, sometimes decades later, than the long hours were worked.