Americans pulled back on distillate fuel, gasoline and jet fuel consumption last week as spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus accelerated, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed.

EIA said Wednesday that total petroleum demand for the week ended Dec. 17 dropped 12% week/week to 20.5 million b/d. Demand for gasoline fell 5% week/week, while jet fuel consumption declined 9% and distillate fuel demand dropped 22%.

“Much uncertainty remains regarding the impact of the Omicron variant on mobility, demand and oil prices,” analysts at ClearView Energy Partners LLC said.

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