Kate Garraway has revealed she hasn't been able to see husband Derek Draper since Christmas.
The presenter, who made her return to the Good Morning Britain sofa this morning (11 February), gave a heartbreaking update on her partner, who was hospitalised with Covid last March.
"I haven’t been able to see him, I haven’t seen him since Christmas which means he is back in a situation of looking at strangers in masks," she said. "I think that is the situation for everybody who has someone they love in hospital at the moment, it’s not just him.
"It’s the same in care homes… When you are someone like him that is dealing with a consciousness problem and trying to emerge, I can’t help but feel that it is not helpful."
Kate explained she had been able to have some much-needed rest over the last month.
"I’ve taken some time off," she said. "They were very kind here on ITV and gave me some time off. I hadn’t been feeling very well. I think it was one of those things where the chickens came home to roost after a long year.
"I took some holiday leave at home. I know holidays are controversial, literally within the four walls of my home, had a lot of sleep, bit of medicine and I am feeling much better, thank you."
She also spoke to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on the show about Derek.
“We haven’t had a chance to speak since Derek got sick last March directly," Kate told him. "I have watched you and all politicians wrestle with an impossible situation, just as I have watched doctors wrestle with an impossible situation, just as I have seen how things have changed for Derek."
She then asked what planning there was for long Covid and helping people like her husband and others who are still ill many months after contracting the virus.
Hancock replied: “I think this is an incredibly important subject and it is very close to my heart too. I know people close to me who have long Covid and it is a really serious problem.
"We have put significant funding into research to try to understand the causes and there appear to be a whole series of different syndromes that cause different symptoms that all amount to long Covid.
"I know that Derek had it very, very seriously, but also some people don’t end up in hospital, don’t have particularly severe initial symptoms and end up having those symptoms stay with them for months."
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