A member of the Iran’s Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Seyyed Hashem Bat’haee Golpaygani, died from coronavirus, according to local media on Monday.

Bat’haee, 78, lost his life at hospital, where he had been admitted for treatment from COVID-19, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

Bat’haee became one of many Iranian officials, who have been infected with disease, including a vice president, dozens of members of parliament, and the deputy health minister.

The Assembly of Experts is a body that supervises and appoints the Supreme Leader of Iran.

Iran is one of the worst-hit countries by coronavirus with 724 deaths

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