According to a report released by UNDP, the surge in COVID-19 cases could be slowed down by providing the poor with a temporary basic income.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) carried out assessments on the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 in more than 60 countries in the past few months. The evidence shows that workers who are not covered by social protection cannot stay at home without an income. UNDP recommended a six-month TBI plan and said this could help slow down the surge in Covid-19 cases. The report also noted that several countries have already taken steps to introduce TBI. Togo's government has distributed over $19.5 million in monthly financial aid to over 12 percent of the population. Spain recently approved a monthly budget of €250 million to top up the incomes of 850,000 vulnerable families and 2.3 million individuals up to a minimum threshold.
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