Iran: Member of Khamenei’s senior advisory council dies from coronavirus

Iran: Member of Khamenei’s senior advisory council dies from coronavirus
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – See the function of the Expediency Discernment Council here.  As a separate matter, it is quite curious that the Iranian COVID-19 outbreak has been concentrated not in Tehran but in Qom, seat of the supreme clerical authority in Iran, the Society of Seminary Teachers.  The Supreme Council of the (Islamic) Cultural Revolution rules from Qom as well.  One last feature of Qom: the notorious Fordo underground uranium enrichment complex is built into a mountainside on its outskirts.]

A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday from the new coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking official within the Islamic Republic’s Shiite theocracy to be killed by the illness ravaging the country.

The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi came as Iran announced the virus had killed at least 66 people among 1,501 confirmed cases. …

[E]xperts still worry Iran’s percentage of deaths to infections, now around 4.4%, is much higher than other countries, suggesting the number of infections in Iran may be much higher than current figures show. …

Mirmohammadi, 71, died at a north Tehran hospital of the virus, state media said. His mother had reportedly died of the coronavirus in recent days as well.

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