GMB’s Kate Garraway says ‘plans should have been in place’ for Covid pandemic

Kate Garraway has reflected back on her and husband Derek Draper's heartbreaking experience with coronavirus over the last year.

The 54-year-old presenter returned to our screens on Thursday to discuss the latest news headlines on Good Morning Britain.

Kate and her co-stars Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard discussed the allegations made by the Prime Minister's former chief special advisor Dominic Cummings, who spent seven hours giving evidence to parliamentary committees about the government's response to the pandemic on Wednesday.

Mr Cummings was highly critical about policies and individuals – including the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself.

Discussing the news on Thursday's edition of GMB, Kate explained: "I've spend a lot of time reflecting on things that may have been different in lots of ways.

"Both in the government's handling of it and the scientific advice, in the doctor's advice specifically to Derek, and it was definitely confused wasn't it?

"I think hindsight is a wonderful thing but it doesn't mean we shouldn't address what went wrong.

She added: "Obviously, there we things that could have helped we now know but just as the doctor's say if we'd given Derek this particular medication at this point, we now know it would have helped but at the time what we feared is it might have killed him.

"I am quite generous to the government generally about the fact they would look at a situation thinking what is going to be the most harmful and if he [Cummings] said Boris Johnson was more obsessed with the economy, maybe he genuinely believe that was the biggest risk.

"But that doesn't mean that planning for the pandemic and planning for lockdown. That should have been something in place.

"Not just from Boris Johnson perspective or Matt Hanock but society that we haven't got these things in place."

Kate's husband Derek was struck down with coronavirus in March 2020 and returned home from hospital in April 2021.

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He was taken to Andrew Marr show over the weekend, mother of two Kate contestant said: "He is devastated by Covid. He can't really move, his communication is very minimal.

"There are moments when they're up, so in those moments you feel that you know he's in there. He has a lot of memory but the accessing of it is very limited."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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