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Kate Garraway was seen arriving at work wearing a face mask on Thursday, after revealing her children were able to visit their ill father Derek Dra

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Kate Garraway was seen arriving at work wearing a face mask on Thursday, after revealing her children were able to visit their ill father Derek Draper for the first time.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, wrapped up warm in a black faux fur coat, as she arrived for her Smooth Radio segment at Global Radio in London.

The mother-of-two was laden with luggage as she pulled along a small suitcase and carried a selection of parcels in her hand, while also toting a handbag. 

Here she is: Kate Garraway was seen arriving at work wearing a face mask on Thursday, after revealing her children were able to visit their ill father Derek Draper for the first time

Here she is: Kate Garraway was seen arriving at work wearing a face mask on Thursday, after revealing her children were able to visit their ill father Derek Draper for the first time

TV personality Kate was wearing a stylish star print dress teamed with a pair up white zip detail boots and her blonde hair was styled in loose waves.

Last week Kate told how her two children, Billy, 11, and Darcey, 14, finally got to visit their father Derek in hospital after 10 months recovering from COVID-19.

Derek is still in intensive care after the virus ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body last March.

She admitted the family reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’ as her kids, saw how Derek was ‘very changed’ by his battle with the virus, after spending a ‘tough’ Christmas without him.

Kate also revealed that due to the government’s new lockdown she’s now banned from visiting her husband, saying she hopes it won’t continue as her absence could be ‘very impactful’ on Derek’s slow recovery. 

High spirits: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, wrapped up warm in a black faux fur coat, as she arrived for her Smooth Radio segment at Global Radio in London

High spirits: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, wrapped up warm in a black faux fur coat, as she arrived for her Smooth Radio segment at Global Radio in London

Speaking on GMB, Kate reflecting on her first Christmas without Derek, telling Ben Shephard: ‘It was tough. I knew it was going to be tough. ‘There was a lovely moment which we did have.   

‘We did get to see Derek and the children did, which is the first time they’ve been able to do that. So that was amazing.’

Kate admitted it came as a shock to her two children seeing Derek for the first time in almost 10 months, as he looked very different to when he was first admitted.

She continued: ‘It was very heightened with emotion, because he’s very changed. 

Travelling light? The mother-of-two was laden with luggage as she pulled along a small suitcase and carried a selection of parcels in her hand, while also toting a handbag

Travelling light? The mother-of-two was laden with luggage as she pulled along a small suitcase and carried a selection of parcels in her hand, while also toting a handbag

‘So all the routines that we’d normally do, it was one of those moments that it was so wonderful but also it amplified how sad everything was. And how different it is. 

‘But it was still fantastic, and we’re very grateful to have had that opportunity.’

Derek 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.

A day later, Kate  spoke about how the nation feels ‘fatigued’ after being plunged into a third lockdown, with Covid cases rising daily.

Fashion: TV personality Kate was wearing a stylish star print dress teamed with a pair up white zip detail boots and her blonde hair was styled in loose waves

Fashion: TV personality Kate was wearing a stylish star print dress teamed with a pair up white zip detail boots and her blonde hair was styled in loose waves

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’.

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.

At last: Last week Kate told how her two children, Billy, 11, and Darcey, 14, finally got to visit their father Derek in hospital after 10 months recovering from COVID-19

At last: Last week Kate told how her two children, Billy, 11, and Darcey, 14, finally got to visit their father Derek in hospital after 10 months recovering from COVID-19

‘People are just low, not the people who are being irresponsible, and I wonder if people just can’t go on any more.’

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.

Difficult: The presenter admitted the reunion was 'heightened with emotion' as her kids saw how Derek was 'very changed' by his battle with the virus (pictured in December 2019)

Difficult: The presenter admitted the reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’ as her kids saw how Derek was ‘very changed’ by his battle with the virus (pictured in December 2019)

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.

‘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.

‘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.’ 

Slowly: Derek remains in critical condition but has made minor improvements since he was first admitted to hospital in March (he is pictured with Kate in December 2019)

Slowly: Derek remains in critical condition but has made minor improvements since he was first admitted to hospital in March (he is pictured with Kate in December 2019)

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

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. 

APRIL  

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.’ 

MAY 

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’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

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.

AUGUST

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. 

 SEPTEMBER  

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. 

OCTOBER

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. 

NOVEMBER 

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.

DECEMBER 

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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