NEC ECC: NEC4 ECC Option C design and build: COVID-19 as a Compensation Event

Contractor has put in a assessment for interim payment, a early warning notice was issued With COVID-19 outbreak stopping the contractor completing whole of the works.

The contractor believes under NEC4 option C Clause 60.1(19) takes effect and clause 62.5 for extension of time. As per clause 62.5 the Project manager has not agreed with extension of time for allowance of quotations and in the contract data the X2 Clause ( change of the law) does not take affect, so we have rejected the COVID-19 costs CE. the contractor is insisting that this goes against the spirit of the contract, what is the legal stance on this? pls advise asap

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