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GP, 76, feared to be first doctor to die after contracting virus

Dr Habib Zaidi died at Southend Hospital in Essex 24 hours after being taken ill on Tuesday.

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A GP is feared to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died after contracting coronavirus (Anthony Devlin/PA)

A GP is feared to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died after contracting coronavirus (Anthony Devlin/PA)

A GP is feared to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died after contracting coronavirus (Anthony Devlin/PA)

A GP is feared to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died 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.”

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.

PA