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Source: Middle East Monitor

Three Muslim doctors, two of Sudanese descent and one Pakistani, have become the first medical professionals in the UK to die while fighting coronavirus on the front line.

Dr Adil El-Tayar, 63, died on 25 March at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, London. Tayar, who was a Sudanese organ transplant specialist, had been volunteering in an A&E department in the Midlands prior to his death.

His cousin, journalist Zeinab Badawi, told BBC Radio 4 that “he wanted to be deployed where he would be most useful in the crisis.”

“It had taken just 12 days for Adil to go from a seemingly fit and capable doctor working in a busy hospital to lying in a hospital morgue,” Badawai added.

On 27 March, 76-year-old Dr Habib Zaidi became the second front line fatality in March after losing his battle with coronavirus while receiving treatment in an intensive care unit at Southend Hospital in Essex.

Zaidi, a family GP who had worked in Leigh-on-Sea for more than 45 years, developed “textbook symptoms” of the virus, according to his daughter and fellow GP, Dr Sarah Zaidi.

She added that “for [coronavirus] to be the thing that took him is too much to