Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi: Adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Dies of coronavirus.
An adviser to the Iranian Supreme Leader have reported died following a battle with the coronavirus.
The state news in Tehran reported that the Expediency Council member, Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi died aged 71 at a Tehran hospital.
He is the first top official to die from the deadly disease which is affecting members of the Islamic Republic’s leadership, Metro Uk reports.
The spread of Coronavirus in the state has been recorded as one of the highest outside China
This development has added to mounting fears over the virus spread.
The NIGERIAN HEALTH BLOG last week reported that Iran vice president, Masoumeh Ebtekar, was last week isolated after testing positive to coronavirus.
The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had described the effort to contain coronavirus as a, ”difficult and momentous task.”
The government has closed down educational and cultural institutions across the country.
As of Monday morning, Iran had confirmed 978 infections and 54 deaths. China, which has reported more than 80,000 cases and 3,048 deaths, sent a delegation of experts to Iran to help fight the outbreak.
The situation in Iran is cause for concern, according to the AP, as more than half of the 1,150 cases confirmed across the Middle East can be traced back to the country.
There are also fears that the death toll amd recorded infections are far higher than the official numbers and government officials are not spared.
On Friday, it was announced that Iran’s first-ever ambassador to the Vatican, Hadi Khosroshahi, had died of coronavirus at the age of 81.
Coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan, China, last December has hit 50 countries with over 3,000 deaths recorded with more than close to 100,000 persons infected.