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Kate Garraway issues statement on seriously ill husband

Kate Garraway issues statement on seriously ill husband
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Kate Garraway releases a statement on the health of her husband Derek Draper, who is battling coronavirus in intensive care.

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway has released a statement following the news that her husband Derek Draper has been hospitalised with coronavirus.

The 52-year-old was admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 a week ago and remains seriously ill.

Garraway has been isolating at home with their children since Draper was taken away for treatment and today issued a statement, which was read out by her long-time co-presenter Ben Shephard at the top of this morning's show.

"Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill," he said. "I'm afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time. The NHS team who have been working on him have all been extraordinary and I know that it's only their professionalism, dedication and bravery that has kept Derek with us so far. I also know that they're working just as hard on all the patients in their care.

"It's hard to find the right words because thank you alone isn't enough but I do thank them because I know Derek would if he could.

"I also want to say thank you so much to everyone who has sent messages of support. I'm sorry that I've not been able to respond to them but I hope you will understand I'm focusing on Derek and my family right now. However, in quieter moments, I am seeing them and they are so comforting and wonderful to read.

"I am very aware that I'm not the only one going through this torture, there are thousands of families everywhere worried about their loved ones and hundreds more every day too that are having to deal with the worst news that their loved ones have been taken by this horrific virus.

"I want to send a message of love and support to everyone going through this. You are not alone, we must all stand together and support each other. I'm praying to be able to talk with you with some positive news shortly. Lots of love, Kate."

More than 1.6 million people worldwide have now tested positive for coronavirus, with almost 100,000 losing their lives.

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