United Nations has come up with plan to help slow spread of COVID-19. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said the world's poorest people should get basic income. It said the introduction of "Temporary Basic Income" for world's poorest people could slow the current surge in coronavirus cases. money would allow around 2.7 billion people to stay at home. This would reduce chances of them spreading the virus. The UNDP suggested giving money to poor people in 132 developing countries. cost of this would be around $199 billion per month. It said: "Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures."
UNDP said the basic income would mean directing money to people instead of economies. It said: "Bailouts and recovery plans cannot only focus on big markets and big business. Temporary Basic Income would allow governments to give people in lockdown financial lifeline, inject cash back into local economies to help keep small businesses afloat, and slow devastating spread of COVID-19." It pointed out that poor are hardest hit by pandemic. There are huge numbers of people without social insurance and many workers without contracts. There are also many low-waged women and young people. It also said refugees, migrants, and people with disabilities need financial help.