FE Today Logo
Search date: 11-11-2020 Return to current date: Click here

Lockdowns weigh on global fuel recovery

November 11, 2020 00:00:00

LONDON/NEW YORK/SINGAPORE, Nov 10 (Reuters): Renewed restrictions in Europe and the United States (US) to combat the coronavirus have slowed down the pace of fuel demand recovery, offsetting a rebound in Asian economies where consumption has almost returned to pre-COVID levels.

As the second wave of the virus hit many Western countries, governments imposed new lockdowns, closing restaurants and bars and banning gatherings. But the measures were not as strict as during the first wave.

France, the United Kingdom (UK), Spain and Poland were under the strictest lockdowns in Europe, according to the Oxford stringency index that assesses indicators such as school and workplace closures, and travel bans.

As a result, traffic in London, Paris and Madrid sharply fell in November after a peak in October, according to the data provided to Reuters by location technology company TomTom, that covered mobility until Sunday evening.

Share if you like