Coronavirus causing first drop in oil use in decade: IEA

A personnel wearing a protective suit during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong on February 11, 2020. (Photo: AP)

Global oil demand will suffer its first quarterly drop in a decade as the COVID-19 virus, previously known as the coronavirus, lashes the economy in China and its impact ripples throughout the world, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.

“Global oil demand has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the widespread shutdown of China’s economy,” agency said in its latest monthly report.

“Demand is now expected to fall by 435,000 barrels year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, the first quarterly contraction in more than 10 years” when it dropped during the global economic crisis, it added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05