The Islamic State Terrorist Group (ISIS) has given its activists a travel tip to avoid the coronavirus-stricken Europe known as the "land of the epidemic".
According to the Sunday Times, the latest edition of the ISIS newsletter "Al-Naba" refers to a new series of "Sharia guidelines" warning of travel to Europe.
The Middle East-based terrorist outfit, which in the past has encouraged activists to plan attacks in Europe, also instructed those of its supporters who may have coronavirus not to leave the region to spread the disease to prevent.
The newsletter says that "healthy people should not enter the land of the epidemic and those affected should not leave it". It also instructs followers to "cover their mouths when yawning and sneezing" and to wash their hands regularly.
The newsletter refers to a "plague" that is described as "agony sent by God for whom he wants" and adds: "Diseases do not strike by themselves, but through the command and decree of God."
IS has lost a lot of ground after a series of defeats in the Middle East, but remains active in Iraq and Syria in fragmented form. The Middle East is also affected by the outbreak of the corona virus. Iraq reports 101 cases and 10 deaths from COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe is now the epicenter of the global pandemic. Italy, France and Spain ban all public gatherings, and Britain will follow suit as the virus has killed over 5,300 people worldwide.
In Italy, 2,547 new types of coronavirus cases and 252 deaths were reported on Saturday, the highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began.
Italy has now confirmed 21,157 cases, the second highest in the world after China.
In Spain, the number of coronavirus infections reached 5,753 on Saturday, half of them in Madrid.
The deadly virus has claimed over 5,300 lives and infected more than 142,000 people in 135 countries and territories. The World Health Organization described the outbreak on Wednesday as a pandemic.