Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has said that coronavirus is ‘not that big a deal’ even though the country’s death toll has hit 77 and one of his senior advisers has died of the disease.

Khamenei called on Iranians to pray against the virus ‘as prayer can solve many problems.’

As of today, 77 in the country have died from the virus and there are 2,336 confirmed cases.

One of Khamenei’s senior advisors Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council which is hand-picked by the Supreme Leader, died aged 71 in a Tehran hospital yesterday after falling sick with the virus.