Kate Garraway keeps smiling despite ban on visiting her husband Derek Draper in hospital during lockdown

KATE Garraway managed to keep smiling despite a ban on visiting her husband Derek Draper in hospital during lockdown.

The brave TV presenter was told on Monday seriously ill Derek will not be allowed visitors for at least six weeks as hospitals closed their doors to visitors to halt the spread of coronavirus.

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But Kate has remained positive throughout her husband's nine-month Covid battle and looked in good spirits as she returned to host Good Morning Britain today following her Christmas break.

After hosting the breakfast show the mum-of-two whizzed across town to the Smooth Radio Studios where she was due on the air waves in the afternoon.

Kate wrapped up in a camel coat, polo neck jumper and a checked scarf, which she teamed with blue jeans and brown boots.

Clutching her bags as she entered the building, the star turned to smile at photographers and showed off her sleek hairdo peppered with warm highlights.

Kate told GMB viewers she had been able to take her two children, Darcey and Billy, to see their seriously ill dad for the first time at Christmas.

But after England was plunged into a new six-week lockdown on Monday, she says all visits to see loved ones have been immediately halted.

Speaking on Thursday's GMB, Kate said: "Instantly, I'm now I'm in a position where even I can't visit. I've not been able to see him.

"We're back into lockdown and no visits at all, which I hope doesn't continue for the whole of lockdown, as I think that will be very impactful."

Kate revealed the news about her hospital visits while chatting to her GMB co-stars, Ben Shepherd and Dr Hilary Jones.

She added: "There was the ability, with very carefully controlled situations, that you could have some sort of access.

"Now, I don't know if it's every hospital, but certainly where Derek's being treated, there are no visitors at all, which is tough."

Derek is still remains in intensive care and is now the country’s longest-fighting Covid-19 patient.

Derek has lost eight stone and Kate admitted her sadness at the children seeing how much he has changed.

She said: "I knew it was going to be tough. There was a lovely moment which we did have over the period, we got to see Derek and the children did, which was the first time they were able to do that.

"And of course it was very heightened with emotion because he has so changed. It kind of amplified how very sad it was and how different it is."

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