British TV host Kate Garraway has spoken about her "tough and sad" Christmas with husband Derek Draper as he remains hospitalised since contracting Covid-19 in March.

The Good Morning Britain star also revealed that she brought the couple's children Darcey (13) and Billy (11) to see their father for the first time over the festive period.

But the presenter told viewers it was even sadder for the family to see how different he is now since he was struck down with Covid-19.

Derek has been in hospital since March 2020, leaving him with diabetes and holes in his lungs and heart.

"How was Christmas in the end? We were all very concerned," asked Kate's Good Morning Britain co-host, Ben Shephard.

"It was tough, it was tough for everybody, I knew it would be tough," she replied.

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway

"There was lovely moment, we did, over the period, get to see Derek and the children did for the first time, that was amazing.

"It was very heightened with emotion, because he is very changed.

"It was so wonderful, but it amplified how sad everything was and how different it is.

"But it was still fantastic and I am grateful to have had that opportunity and then instantly, now I am in a position where even I can't visit."

And Kate added that she is now terrified that the new lockdown across the UK will hinder his progress as he is now longer allowed any visitors.

"We are into lockdown, no visits at all, which I hope doesn't continue for the whole of lockdown," she said.

"Because that would be very impactful on Derek's state."