Gasoline consumption declines in Iran

Oil&Gas Materials 2 March 2020 11:54 (UTC +04:00)
Gasoline consumption declines in Iran

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 2

By Elnur Baghishov - Trend

In Iran, gasoline consumption declined as a result of a new coronovirus spread last month, said Shahram Rzai, an official with the Iranian National Petroleum Distribution Company, Trend reports citing ISNA.

According to Rzai, today the daily consumption of gasoline in Iran is 75-76 million liters.

Rzai added that by mid-last month this figure was between 85-86 million liters a day.

The official has predicted that the consumption will increase after the coronavirus issue is resolved.

On November 15, the price of gasoline in Iran rose by 10,000 rials (about $0.23) to 15,000 rials (about $0.35) and freely by 30,000 rials (about $0.71).

Iran is one of the recent countries, affected by the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 978 people have been infected, 54 people have already died.

The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

The disease in Iran has already spread to at least fifteen Iranian provinces.

Following the reports of coronavirus spread in the Islamic Republic, several countries have taken measures, including closing borders and banning flights.

The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.