Coronavirus kills Ayatollah Hashem Bathayi Golpayeganim in Iran

Orient Net 2020-03-16 11:06:00

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Iranian regime’s media reported the death of Ayatollah Hashem Bathayi Golpayeganim, 78, on Monday (March 16), taking the death toll among serving and ex-officials to at least 12.

Golpayegani died two days after testing positive for the COVID-19 disease and being hospitalised, IRNA news agency reported.

The official represented Tehran in the Assembly of Experts, an 88-strong body of clerics that appoints and monitors Iran's supreme leader.

At least 12 Iranian politicians and officials, both sitting and former, have now died of the illness, and 13 more have been infected and are either in quarantine or being treated.

The virus also killed a prominent economist and political activist on Monday, according to the semi-official news agency ISNA.

Fariborz Rais-Dana, 71, succumbed to the illness after being hospitalised for six days, ISNA reported.

A prolific writer with a PhD from the London School of Economics, he had spent time in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the system.

Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected nearly 14,000 people and killed over 720, according to official figures.

Based on AFP and Mail Online