Kate Garraway makes emotional plea for public to follow coronavirus rules

Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has made a heartfelt plea to the country to follow Government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The presenter announced on today’s show that while she sympathises with people growing frustrated by the pandemic, she also feels the urge to show those flouting the rules a picture of her husband Derek Draper in his current state as he recovers from Covid-19.

Derek has now spent six months in hospital after contracting coronavirus – and it’s claimed his battle is now ‘the longest of any Covid-19 patient in the UK’

‘I have huge sympathy for people who are fed up with it,’ Kate said.

‘I think if you haven’t been directly touched by it, you haven’t seen the devastation, but your life has been devastated, your livelihood, your ability to feel a sense of joy, then, of course, I think you’re going to get frustrated.

‘But, it does make me tempted to show them a picture of Derek in his current state and say you don’t want this in your life.

‘You don’t know who it will effect and how, so stick to it.’

Kate did agree that the rules are confusing and said: ‘There are so many shades of grey in this but if we stick to the basics, hopefully we’ll get through it.’

She also pointed out that if Derek’s parents hadn’t been able to see him in six months, then perhaps the public can get through the pandemic.

‘If they can go six months without seeing their son who is so desperately ill, the rest of us can probably get through, you know?’ Kate said.

‘Sorry, I didn’t mean to depress everyone. That’s the reality of getting caught up in the virus.’

Derek was first hospitalised in March after falling ill with the virus, and he was placed into a medically induced coma in intensive care after as his symptoms worsened.

While he is now coronavirus free and out of a coma, Derek is still battling the impacts it has had on his body.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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