Nadia Calviño, the country's minister for economic affairs, has announced that Spain is putting together plans for universal basic income for all its citizens. This will start with a system of cash handouts predominantly focusing on families in need.
"We're going to do it as soon as possible. So it can be useful, not just for this extraordinary situation, and that it remains forever," the minister of economic affairs said.
This is a huge step to combating the economic damage done by the coronavirus outbreak. The plan doesn't have a start date yet, but the minister hopes to makes the program permanent. This would make Spain the first country to implement universal basic income. Finland had tried a similar experiment in 2019 with their jobless population. They were healthier and happier, but many did not return to work.
As of now, the country reported more than 135,000 cases so far and 13,000 deaths. The government ordered a lockdown on March 14th, which effectively shuttered the nation and left many businesses permanently closed.