I am getting error: Attempt to de-reference a null object Error is in expression '{!doFetchCOVIDInfo}' in component in page covid19page: Class.COVID19Manager.doFetchCOVIDInfo:

Aim: I am trying to fetch all the Covid19 cases via API (here) and display(after parsing the returned JSON) after a button click.

Following is the COVID19Manager Class:

public class COVID19Manager{

   public static list<WrapperCOVID19Info> covid19{get;set;}
   public COVID19Manager(){
       System.debug('###Constructor called!!!!!!!!');
       covid19 = new list<WrapperCOVID19Info>();

    public class WrapperCOVID19Info{
        public string country{get;set;}
        public string country_abbreviation{get;set;}
        public string total_cases{get;set;}
        public string new_cases{get;set;}
        public string total_deaths{get;set;}
        public string new_deaths{get;set;}
        public string total_recovered{get;set;}
        public string active_cases{get;set;}
        public string serious_critical{get;set;}
        public string cases_per_mill_pop{get;set;}
        public string flag{get;set;}


    public void doFetchCOVIDInfo(){

        Http h = new Http();
        HttpRequest req = new HttpRequest();
        HttpResponse res = new HttpResponse();
        res = h.send(req);
        JSONParser parser = JSON.createParser(res.getBody());

        while (parser.nextToken() != null){
             if (parser.getCurrentToken() == JSONToken.START_ARRAY) {
                 while (parser.nextToken() != null) {
                      if (parser.getCurrentToken() == JSONToken.START_OBJECT) {
                          WrapperCOVID19Info covidCase = new WrapperCOVID19Info();
                          covidCase = (WrapperCOVID19Info)parser.readValueAs(WrapperCOVID19Info.class);

    }//END of method

}//END of Class

This list is then displayed using vf page below:

<apex:page Controller="COVID19Manager" >
<apex:form >
<apex:commandButton value="Get List" action="{!doFetchCOVIDInfo}"/>

     <apex:pageBlock title="Covid19List">
             <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!covid19}" var="c">
                 <apex:column value="{!c.country}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.country_abbreviation}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.total_cases}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.new_cases}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.total_deaths}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.new_deaths}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.total_recovered}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.active_cases}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.serious_critical}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.cases_per_mill_pop}"/>
                 <apex:column value="{!c.flag}"/>   

Any suggestions on how to resolve this error... Thanks

  • I think your doFetchCOVIDInfo needs to return a PageReference type and you can return null May 6 '20 at 12:00
  • @ScottMorrison i think page reference is only required when we want to jump to other VF page when something is clicked, and method takes you to new VF page. In this case, i am trying to display a List object on click of a button.
    – KKumar
    May 6 '20 at 12:09
  • Which line in the method is throwing the error? May 6 '20 at 12:46
  • Last line of the loop, covid19.add(covidCase)/
    – KKumar
    May 6 '20 at 13:09
public static list<WrapperCOVID19Info> covid19{get;set;}

This does not create an instance of a collection of WrapperCOVID19Info. You must either create the instance in the get; or simply check the null value in doFetchCOVIDInfo.

public List<WrapperCOVID19Info> covid19 {
    get {
        if (covid19 == null) {
            //covid19 = new List<WrapperCOVID19Info>();
        return covid19;


    if (covid19 == null) covid19 = new List<WrapperCOVID19Info>();
  • 2
    covidWrapper = null should be covidWrapper == null
    – sfdcfox
    May 6 '20 at 14:12
  • @sfdcfox thanks. I do like to rename the variables while analysing the code blocks to make it easier for my own reference!!
    – TSmith
    May 6 '20 at 14:14
  • That worked, thanks @TSmith and sfdcfox
    – KKumar
    May 7 '20 at 3:22

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