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GP, 76, 'becomes first doctor in UK to die from coronavirus'


A doctor is feared to be the first UK medic to die from coronavirus.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, died on Wednesday after being taken ill the previous day.

His daughter said he sacrificed his life for his profession, the BBC reports.

Tests have yet to confirm whether he had Covid-19, but his daughter said he had “textbook symptoms”.

His daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi said: “For that to be the thing that took him is too much to bear.

“It is reflective of his sacrifice.”

Tributes have been paid to the popular GP

She said he was treated as a “definitive case”, and said there was little doubt he had coronavirus.

Emotional tributes have been paid to the popular GP, who had worked in Leigh-on-Sea for more than 45 years.

The popular GP died at Southend University Hospital

He had been self-isolating and hadn’t seen patients in person for a week before his death.

He was managing partner of Eastwood Group Practice with his wife Dr Talat Zaidi.

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Ian Gilbert, leader of Southend Council, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Zaidi.

“Dr Zaidi and his family are well known and well loved within the community.”


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