Kate Garraway has been dealing with "unimaginable pain and distress" during her husband's battle with Covid-19.

Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway

The 'Good Morning Britain' presenter's spouse Derek Draper has been hospitalised since contracting the virus almost four months ago and Kate's close pal Lorraine Kelly has praised her for her stoicism.

Writing in her column for The Sun newspaper, Lorraine said: "During that time she has been coping with the unimaginable pain and distress of her husband Derek battling for his life after contracting Covid-19.

"Kate has never once complained or asked: 'Why me?' She has simply ¬soldiered on, reassuring and raising her children, praising the NHS and helping others in the same boat.

"At times it has been a lonely, ¬miserable, tough voyage through uncharted waters. But Kate steered a stoic and steady course throughout.

"She's watched the father of her children and the man she loves being attacked and ravaged by this vicious disease.

"Her hopes have been raised and dashed but throughout it all, Kate has never given up on Derek."

Kate, who has children Darcey, 14, and 11-year-old Billy with Derek, is returning to co-host 'GMB' on Monday (13.07.20) alongside Ben Shephard and Lorraine is proud of her friend for trying to return to normal.

She wrote: "Kate revealed that doctors had told her it was time to go back to work -- trying to bring some glimmer of normality into the lives of her children .

"As Kate says, they have effectively lost their dad right now and they need to get back to school, see their mum going to work and have a comforting daily routine. Obviously, even when she is back on air, Derek will be at the forefront of Kate's mind."