Dr Liang Wudong, 62, passed away today after becoming struck down with the deadly virus on January 16.

The surgeon had treated patients at the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine before being transferred to the Jinyintan Hospital two days later.

Dr Wudong, who retired from the profession last June, had complained of feeling flustered with a tight chest when he was put in quarantine.

The medic had a history of heart disease and coronary heart disease and had been working at the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city.

Wuhan is the city where cases of coronavirus were first reported before the outbreak spread across the world.

Dr Wudong is the 41st person to die from the disease with more than 1,200 cases reported in China alone.

Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong all now have confirmed cases — alongside the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

France yesterday confirmed three cases and Australia one - with all patients returning from Wuhan.
So far, 14 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus, with five given the all-clear and nine still awaiting results.

But experts have now warned Britain is on the brink of an epidemic - with more than 30 people tested for the killer illness.

Professor Neil Ferguson, an expert at Imperial College London, said the new strain is currently "as deadly as the Spanish flu epidemic".

The 1918 outbreak is the most severe pandemic in recent history, wiping out an estimated 50 million people across the world.

There are now 56milllion residents in 18 cities placed on lockdown across China as the country desperately grapples with the spread of the virus.

Public transport has been suspended in ten cities, shutting temples and even closing the Forbidden City and part of the Great Wall.

The risks also persuaded Shanghai Disneyland theme park to close from Saturday until further notice.

Officials have restricted travel in virus epicentre Wuhan, which is home to 11million, as well as neighbouring Huanggang, Ezhou and Lichuan.

Hospitals warned they could not cope with the number of patients turning up with symptoms.

Distressing footage appears to show corpses blocking hospital corridors amid chaotic scenes in Wuhan hospital.

The Hubei province city has been dubbed “zombieland” after chilling pictures and video emerged of people collapsed on the street.

In one disturbing clip, a man can be seen lying unresponsive on the ground while medics wearing hazmat suits and gas masks attempt to help him.

Another horrifying picture shows a man reportedly dead on the ground with blood pouring from his head.

A new report produced by Lancaster University in England, the University of Florida and the University of Glasgow says only five per cent of all the coronavirus cases are being diagnosed.

And the bleak prediction reveals by February 4, the number of infected people in Wuhan could hit 351,396.

Preliminary research suggested the coronavirus was passed on to humans from snakes at Wuhan’s seafood market.

The Huanan Seafood market, which sold live koalas, snakes, rats and wolf pup to locals to eat, has since been shut down while an investigation is carried out.
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