Jailed senior adviser to ousted Myanmar leader dies from COVID-19, party says

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Top NLD official Nyan Win talks to reporters after a meeting at the party's head office in Yangon

(Reuters) - Myanmar politician Nyan Win, a senior adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, died in hospital on Wednesday after becoming infected with COVID-19 in jail, his party said, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with an exponential rise in infections.

Nyan Win, 78, who had been held in Yangon's Insein prison after being arrested when the army seized power on Feb. 1, was transferred to hospital last week, the National League for Democracy (NLD) said in a statement.

Reuters was unable to reach the health ministry or a junta spokesman for comment.

(Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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