“There are many uncertainties regarding its (new strain -


) influence on the demand and consumption of petroleum products.

For example, we observe that in Europe there has been a slight decrease in mobile activity as a result of measures taken by governments, the same is happening in Africa, ”he said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

Novak noted that in Latin America and Asia, on the contrary, there is an increase in mobile activity.

“Therefore, we must observe, we will, together with other countries, monitor the situation, how (the new version -


) will affect the mobility of the population,” he added.

Earlier, the head of the technical group of the Emergency Diseases Unit of the World Health Organization, Maria Van Kerkhove, said that WHO does not yet have data on deaths from the new omicron coronavirus strain.