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