COVID-19 Contractual Disputes: Force Majeure and Frustration by Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi, SAN.


The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, and named Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and‘D’for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as‘2019 novel coronavirus or ‘2019-nCoV’. COVID-19 is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of the common cold. Due to the disease geographical spread, the virus has been declared a pandemic and constituting a public health emergency of international concern.

Following the WHO declaration of the disease as a global pandemic, the impact of the outbreak has been felt worldwide as countries have issued various restrictive measures; travel bans, quarantine citizens, established lockdown, isolate the infected in a bid to stop the spread of the decease. These measures continue to affect contractual obligation of parties in an attempt to halt the spread of the pandemic.

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