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Pandemic in future will be deadlier and more frequent, warns UN panel


A United Nations' biodiversity panel on Thursday warned that pandemics in future will be deadlier and frequent if humans do not change the way they treat nature.

The panel said pandemic like COVID-19 will happen more often, kill more people and create even more damage to the global economy unless there is a fundamental shift in treating nature with respect.

The panel known as IPBES warned that there are up to 850,000 viruses which, like the novel coronavirus, exist in animals and may infect people. It said pandemics represented an "existential threat" to humanity.

"There is no great mystery about the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic - or any modern pandemic," said Peter Daszak, president of the Ecohealth Alliance and chair of the IPBES workshop that drafted the report.

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