Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of a council that advises Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, died on Monday, after failing to recover from coronavirus, the state radio has said.
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The council member becomes the first top official casualty to the illness that is affecting members of the Islamic Republic’s leadership.
Expediency Council member, Mirmohammadi, died at a Tehran hospital, aged 71.
The council advises Khamenei, as well as settles disputes between the supreme leader and parliament.
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His death comes as other top officials have contracted the virus in Iran, which has the highest death toll in the world after China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice President, better known as “Sister Mary,” the English-speaking spokeswoman for the students, who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and sparked the 444-day hostage crisis, has also contracted the virus.
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Also, Iraj Harirchi, the head of an Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, who tried to downplay the disease in the country, has fallen ill of the virus.
Iran has reported 978 confirmed cases of the new virus, with 54 deaths.
Experts have expressed worry, that Iran’s percentage of deaths to infections, which is around 5.5 per cent, is much higher than other countries, suggesting the number of infections in the Middle-East country may be much higher than current figures show.