It has been only two months since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, but the world has probably seen only a fraction of the likely long-lasting economic and social impacts of the pandemic. Whilst various social distancing and lockdown restrictions imposed across the world have slowed down the rate of outbreaks, myriad financial losses to both corporate entities and individuals have already skyrocketed. Many affected persons are likely to turn to and eagerly expect their existing insurance coverage to defray some or all of these losses.
This Update discusses the following potentially difficult coverage issues under some of such existing (and pre COVID-19) commercial insurance policies:
- Loss of profit/revenue and business interruption;
- Event cancellation;
- Credit insurance;
- Public liability; and
- Management liability.
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