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PARIS: Business and government leaders currently see the loss of life from Covid-19 and related economic effects as the world's greatest short-term threats, the World Economic Forum said Tuesday.

The group which organises an annual get together of leading industrial and political voices at the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos carries out a survey of its members beforehand to determine what they consider as the greatest global threats.

Unsurprisingly, this year the Covid-19 pandemic is at the top of the list for short-term threats, though climate change remains among the top long-term concerns.