Saturday, April 11, 2020

Coronavirus kills Iran Imam as death toll jumps again

Iranian sanitary workers disinfect Qom''s Masumeh shrine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus [Mehdi Marizad/Fars News/AFP]

Ayatollah Hashem Bathayi Golpayegani dies two days after testing positive, while the number of deaths tops 850.

COVID-19 has killed a member of the clerical body that appoints the supreme leader, according to Iranian state media, the latest official in the country to die of the highly infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Ayatollah Hashem Bathayi Golpayegani, 78, died two days after testing positive for the new coronavirus and being hospitalized, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday.

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