Susanna Reid is said to have been a "rock" for co-star Kate Garraway

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Television veteran Lorraine Kelly has revealed how her GMB host Susanna Reid has been Kate Garraway 's 'rock' amid her husband Derek Draper's Covid nightmare.

Kate's ITV colleagues were understood to be left distraught by her husband's health battle, but Lorraine says news anchor Susanna has in particular been a "rock" to Kate throughout.

Lorraine admitted: "Kate has been extraordinary.

"What she's going through is remarkable. I think for everyone who works at ITV, it's really brought it home to us when it happens to someone so close to you and it's so catastrophic.

"It does make us all more concerned that we have to get the vaccine, we have to obey the rules.

"Everyone knows that, it's only a small proportion – I don't know what they're thinking, they're deluding themselves.

"Because we are in it together, we're going to get out of it together."We have all got responsibility, we've got to get the vaccine for us and for the people we love," she told The Sun.

Kate Garraway is said to have been supported by Susanna during her husband's Covid hell
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Explaining how Kate's network, including her GMB colleagues have been supporting her.

Lorraine explained: "We see every week, we always check in to say how are things – text and call.

"She's got an amazing support system around her. She's got all her really close friends around her and then her colleagues who are at her back.

Susanna has worked with Kate for years

"Piers has been brilliant, Ben has been amazing. Susanna has been an absolute rock. I hope that has helped her."

Kate gave an update last month on her husband's progress, who is still battling back to health after being diagnosed with Covid-19 over a year ago.

Sadly the former political adviser can still barely talk but he is at least now back home with his family.

Derek is finally out of hospital but sadly can still barely speak
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However despite being let out of hospital, he's still a long way off full health, with Kate saying he "can't really move" and only has minimal communication.

Derek, 53, spent more than a year in intensive care and months in a coma after coming down with coronavirus.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Kate ,54, said Derek is still "devastated" by the virus following doctors' warnings that his recovery would be a long road.

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Kate said: "He came home on April the 7th so we're a few weeks into it now. How is he? Look, he's devastated by Covid.

"He can't really move, his communication is very minimal. There are moments where there's up, you feel you know he's in there. He has a lot of memory.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper's wedding in 2005
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"But the accessing of it is very limited. He's a long way from the Derek Draper that you know Andrew but he's home and he's alive, he's asleep now."

Kate recently shared her hope that Derek, the dad of her kids Darcey and Billy, would continue to get stronger every day.

Sharing a snap of herself in her garden on Instagram, she wrote: "Happy @gardendayuk! My garden is definitely my happy place & even though it’s not big or fancy I love being out there even if the weather isn’t perfect because just being outside listening to the rain fall and the wind blow through the leaves is like therapy for me."