High-ranking Iranian cleric dies from coronavirus in Qom

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16 March 2020

Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Hashem Bathaei has died after being infected with COVID-19 in the city of Qom, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Bathaei was admitted into the hospital on Saturday and has become the latest of 14 Iranian officials to fall victim to the pandemic that has ravaged the country.

Bathaei was a member of the Assembly of Experts, a religious  body overseeing the Supreme Leader of Iran which can designate or dismiss the top Ayatollah.

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