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Basic income for poor could slow COVID-19 spread






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The United Nations has a plan for COVID-19. It said the world's poorest people should get a basic income. This could slow down the number of coronavirus cases. The money would let 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries stay at home. This would cut the risk of them spreading the virus. This would cost about $199 billion per month. The UN said the world had to take special action because it is in an unprecedented time not experienced before.

The basic income would go to people and not economies or big businesses. The UN said a basic income would give people in lockdown a financial lifeline, put cash back into local economies and help small businesses. It would also slow the spread of COVID-19. There are many people without insurance and many workers with no contract. There are also many low-paid people. The UN said refugees, migrants, and people with disabilities also need help.

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