Covid-19 slows fuel demand


The Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has said the economic slowdown in the country has slowed down fuel uptake by motorists.

PIL General Manager, Martin Msimuko, said the coming of the coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to work from home, thereby impacting on fuel demand.

Speaking when the firm donated various items to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe on Thursday to help the facility in the prevention of coronavirus, Msimuko said his company’s business is beginning to feel the pinch of the coronavirus.


The donated items include oxygen concentrator, 100 buckets and basins and 100 oxygen masks.

“The emergence of coronavirus has seen many people opting to work from home. This has meant a reduced uptake of fuel.

“That is why we decided to make this donation to KCH to help the government in preventing the spread of the virus so that our customers are not affected,” Msimuko said.


KCH Deputy Hospital Director, Mabel Chinkhata, hailed PIL for the donation.

She described the donated items as critical in ensuring that the hospital prevents the virus.

“The buckets will be very useful in ensuring that we encourage members of staff, patients and guardians to wash their hands,” Chinkhata said.

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