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Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper's devastating Covid-19 battle had a huge impact throughout ITV.

The Good Morning Britain presenter's close friend Lorraine Kelly says what the pair have been going through rocked the whole team.

Kate's seriously ill husband was hospitalised in March 2020 after contracting deadly coronavirus and put into a medically induced coma.

He returned home nearly a year later – but now faces a long road ahead on the path to recovery.

Lorraine, 61, has been there to help her friend on every step of the way.

She told MailOnline that Derek's illness 'profoundly' affected the entire morning team at ITV as they worried for their colleague.

Lorraine called Kate 'incredible' – and says all of ITV suffered with her
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"It hit us all really hard when Kate's husband got Covid – he got it very badly of course," she said.

"With that and having Dr Hillary [Jones] on our team, we were so on it at ITV. Everything was done so well in terms of safety and social distancing and hand-washing."

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She added: "He is back home. And it's a case of baby steps. But Katie is just incredible."

Kate, 54, has now been told her husband is unlikely to recover if there isn’t any progress two years on from catching the deadly virus that ravaged his poorly body.

Derek continues to require special round-the-clock care as he struggles to recover from the effects of his respiratory illness.

The close pals speak every day
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Derek has returned to their family home after a year in intensive care
(Image: Daily Star)

His weight plunged by eight stone – and he suffered kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas, and heart failure.

The broadcaster's bravery and strength was truly laid bare in the inspiring ITV documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek.

"I had already waited so long [for Derek to come home],” admitted Kate, reflecting on talking to a doctor about Derek’s timetable of recovery in her book, The Power Of Hope.

“How long before you know more? Not how long will it take for him to recover, because you don’t know if he can even recover, but how long before you might know more?'

But he still faces a fight in the next few years

"It was a confusing question, but I knew what I meant and he seemed to as well.

"After another long pause, he looked straight at me, then away.

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“'Well, Kate' – the first time he had used my name – 'I think it’s fair to say if he is still like this after two years we will know there is very little chance of him making any meaningful recovery.'

"TWO YEARS!" I screamed inside my head.

"Up until now I had been living by the minute, hours on the phone monitoring infection levels and statistics, trying to get a handle on where Derek was, wondering every time I went to sleep if he would still be alive in the morning."