UK coronavirus – GP, 76, feared to be first British doctor to die after contracting bug – The Sun

A GP is feared to be the first British doctor to die after contracting coronavirus.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, died at Southend Hospital in Essex 24 hours after being taken ill on Tuesday, the BBC has reported.

Tests have not yet confirmed that he died of Covid-19 but his daughter, Dr Sarah Zaidi, also a GP, said he showed "textbook symptoms" of the virus.

She told the BBC: "For that to be the thing that took him is too much to bear.

"It is reflective of his sacrifice."

"He was treated as a definitive case. There is little clinical doubt it is coronavirus, the test result is academic."

 

She added: "We can't mourn in the normal way. We can't have a normal funeral.

"He left a gaping hole in our hearts, but a loss that is also felt within the community that he devoted almost his entire life to.

Dr Zaidi, who worked as a GP in Leigh-on-Sea, had reportedly been self-isolating and not seen patients in person for about a week.

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