International oil prices fell during Thursday's trading, with crude giving up the gains it witnessed in the previous two sessions, amid the uncertainty about global demand for oil in the near term.
The global benchmark Brent crude contracts fell today by 0.2%, or the equivalent of 19 cents, to reach $ 84.48 a barrel, after rising yesterday, Wednesday, by 1.3%.
The US benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude futures also fell by 0.2%, or the equivalent of 20 cents, to reach $82.44 a barrel, after rising 1.7% in the previous session.
The drop in oil today coincided with the announcement by the US Energy Information Administration, yesterday evening, that the demand for fuel was affected by the new variable (Omicron).
US energy data showed that gasoline stocks rose by 8 million barrels for the week ending January 7, compared to analysts' expectations for an increase of 2.4 million barrels.