‘People are on their knees’: Kate Garraway expresses fears about nation feeling ‘exhausted and down’ as Covid infection rate continues to rise
Kate Garraway has spoken about how the nation feels ‘fatigued’ after being plunged into a third lockdown, with Covid cases rising daily.
The presenter, 53, whose husband Derek Draper is still in intensive care after the virus ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body last March, spoke about the worrying infection rate on Friday’s Good Morning Britain.
Kate said even though the news of the vaccine roll out is promising, parents, businesses and those who have lost jobs are ‘on their knees’.
Tired: Kate Garraway has spoken about how the nation feels ‘fatigued’ after being plunged into a third lockdown, with Covid cases rising daily
The presenter told Dr Hilary Jones: ‘I wonder if there is a fatigue, I think that’s hitting home, people are on their knees, they are so tired, they are so down, there is no light.
‘Even though we hear about the vaccine first of all we all thought we would be sorted, the numbers and the delivery is looking so promising, but then maybe it’s February half term, children go back to school. Now it’s after Easter.
‘People are just low, not the people who are being irresponsible, and I wonder if people just can’t go on any more.’
‘People are just low’: The presenter, 53, spoke about the worrying infection rate on Friday’s Good Morning Britain
To which Dr Hilary said: ‘It’s hard, I know that, people are stuck at home, they are home schooling, they are worried about their loved ones, they are frustrated they can’t socialise or go out.’
Kate said people are also worried about money after being made redundant or receiving pay cuts due to being furloughed.
Dr Hilary, urged people to follow the rules instead of the ‘hypocritical clapping in the street’, as he replied: ‘The reality is that we are in a modern contagion, which is liable to spread even further unless we drill down on this and get it under control.
Tough: Kate said even though the news of the vaccine roll out is promising, parents, businesses and those who have lost jobs are ‘on their knees’
‘I think that when people feel tired and exhausted, they should just think of the NHS frontline staff who are even more tired, and they have been dong this for more than a year, it’s not just a six week lockdown, it’s permanent.
‘They have worked through the first wave, second wave and now the third wave with no end in sight.
‘And now they are being asked to do the vaccinations, and more and more and more.
Busy: After GMB, the host headed to Smooth Radio to present her show
Strong: Kate put on a brave face as she smiled for the cameras as she walked to Global Studios
Chic: The presenter cut a stylish figure in a blue patterned maxi dress and burgundy boots
‘What they want people to do is not to come out and clap in the streets, but just to adhere to the lockdown guidelines which are sensible and they all agree with.’
The Office for National Statistics estimated at the start of this week that more than 1.1million people are currently infected with the disease.
The staggering numbers add to evidence that the second wave is out of control, as Department of Health officials have announced more than 50,000 new positive tests every day for the last 10 days, meaning over half a million people have been diagnosed in less than a fortnight, and the true number of cases is likely to be far higher.
Hospitalised: Kate’s husband Derek, 53, was originally admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms in March and remains seriously ill (pictured in December 2019)
As an inevitable result of soaring cases, the number of hospital patients is now above 30,000 and higher than ever, and a tragic 1,162 deaths were announced on Thursday.
Kate’s husband Derek, 53, remains in critical condition but has made minor improvements since he was first admitted to hospital in March.
He managed to utter the word ‘pain’ in October, which marked the first time he had spoken following his medical coma.
While Derek continues to recover away from home, Kate said she has been trying to be ‘both mum and dad’ to their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11.
After GMB, the host headed to Smooth Radio to present her show.
Kate put on a brave face as she smiled for the cameras as she walked to Global Studios.
Family: Shortly before Christmas Kate emotionally said that she is trying to be both ‘mum and dad’ for her two children (pictured with Derek and Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, in December 2019)
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’
‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,
‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’
Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition.
Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.
Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’
Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers
She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.
On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17 Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.
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