Mark Wright’s father has been left ‘mentally’ changed by COVID-19 after being released from hospital, the star revealed on Monday.
Ex-TOWIE star Mark, 33, whose parents Mark. Snr, 64, and Carol, 60, announced on New Year’s Eve they had been struck down by the virus, said his father was ‘not the same as four weeks ago’ during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.
Mark’s uncle Eddie, 65, the father of his reality star cousin Elliott, is in a ‘critical condition’ due to the virus – with the presenter making an impassioned plea for people to observe government guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Mark said: ‘My dad is out of hospital now. One of my dad’s brothers is in hospital on oxygen.
Tough times: Mark Wright’s father has been left ‘mentally’ changed by COVID-19 after being released from hospital, the star revealed on Monday
‘His other brother, my uncle Eddie, Elliott’s dad, is in a critical condition, we’re praying each night that he gets better.
‘We are hearing from doctors that he’s not getting worse, but we’re still praying he gets through this.’
Mark emotionally spoke about the after-effects of the virus on his father, saying it had affected him mentally.
He said: ‘I mean, he’s out of hospital and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this but, mentally something’s not right there at the moment.
Battle: Ex-TOWIE star Mark, 33, whose parents Mark. Snr and Carol announced on New Year’s Eve they had been struck down by the virus, said his father was ‘not the same as four weeks ago’ during an appearance on Good Morning Britain
‘He’s okay but he’s not my dad that he was four weeks ago. He’s better and I’m hoping there’s improvement more to come, but it can leave long lasting problems.’
Mark then made an impassioned plea to people to listen to the government and follow the rules pertaining social distancing, mask wearing and household mixing.
He said: ‘The message is what it should have been and has been from the start, like Kate has tried to promote on Good Morning Britain until you see it first hand, that might be the day you realise I need to buck up my ideas, but then it might be too late.’
Plea: Mark’s uncle Eddie is in a ‘critical condition’ due to the virus – with the presenter making an impassioned plea for people to observe government guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19
‘I have good friends who are conspiracy theorists and they think it’s all rubbish and you don’t need to be locking down the country.
‘My answer is, the Government, whether they are right or wrong, they know more than you, so, if they are telling you to do this, do it.
‘Because until you get to a point where I am now, and I’ve had the hardest few weeks of my life and looking at basically potentially losing family members who are close to you or them being very sick.
‘You will regret doing what you are doing. So listen to the rules, stay at home, there is a lockdown for a reason.
‘Please just obey by these rules, it’s so important. When you see it first hand, it’s the most scariest virus you will ever see, the things it does to the body, what it’s done to my dad.
Not the same: He said of his father: ‘I mean, he’s out of hospital and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this but, mentally something’s not right there at the moment’
Heartbreaking: Mark also revealed that two of his uncles are currently in hospital due to the virus with his uncle Eddie, 65, the father of his reality star cousin Elliott, in a coma and intensive care unit (ICU) (Elliott and Eddie pictured in February 2020)
The emotional star also begged people to ‘buck up their ideas’ before slamming anti-vaxxers, adding ‘you may not agree with the government but they know more than you.’
Mark’s beloved mother Carol, 60, took to Instagram last month to reveal to her 190,000 followers that she and her husband had been ‘attacked’ by the virus.
Alongside a throwback snap of their holiday to Barbados, the Wright matriarch penned an impassioned caption about their battle and diagnosis and urged naysayers to ‘never believe the virus isn’t real’.
In her caption, Carol penned: ‘Well what a year this has been. This Christmas and new year I was unable to spend it with my loved ones…
We are family: The Wright family share a famously close bond – they were forced to spend Christmas apart due to COVID-19 guidelines
‘My hubby and I have got attacked with the virus all over Christmas, my husband is fighting it, I am suffering the worst coughing fits ever…
‘But my hubby and me will pull through this. It has taught me something in life, never think that this virus isn’t real. Never take things for granted, always be there for others and it’s made me appreciate life so much…
‘The little things in life are more important then the big ones….
‘Love and caring is all we need. Happy new year to every one and let’s hope next year is the best year for every one. I just want to thank the NHS for helping my husband hopefully recover this. Fingers crossed x.’
Last week Jess revealed some of her family has been hospitalised by coronavirus.
Virus: Carol discussed her battle with COVID in an emotional Instagram post on New Year’s Eve
The former TOWIE star, 35, took to Instagram on Friday to detail how Covid has ripped through her family like ‘wildfire’, with some having to seek treatment in hospital.
Jess wrote: ‘Covid has ripped through my family in the past month and it has been absolutely horrendous. Please stay safe everyone, stay home, wear masks and also check on loved ones regularly.
‘The fight isn’t over for us yet, we are taking every day as it comes and praying a lot. This new strain seems to be spreading like wildfire.
‘Thank you the well wishes for those who have known, for my family members that have been hospitalised by this awful, awful virus.’
Jess added it was important to also focus on mental health and help build others up as the nation negotiates the third lockdown.
Shocker: News of their diagnosis came shortly after Mark Jr. Tweeted: ‘The Government have explained how fast this new variant is spreading, but it is hard to understand quite how fast’
Carol and construction boss Mark are also parents to footballer Josh, 31 and influencer Natalya, 19.
Carol joined TOWIE as a permanent cast member from the inaugural series in 2010, and stayed on screens after both her children departed.
The family are famously extremely close, leaving Carol devastated at spending Christmas apart.
News of their diagnosis comes shortly after Mark Jr. took to Twitter to pen: ‘The Government have of course explained how fast this new variant is spreading, but I think it is hard to understand quite how fast…
‘I cannot stress how many people I know, from immediate family to best friends and distant friends who currently have covid. It’s rife. Stay safe.’
Scary: Mark’s sister Jess Wright recently told how Covid has ripped through her family like ‘wildfire’, with some family members being hospitaiised
On Monday, Chris Whitty warned the next few weeks are set to be the worst yet for the NHS as the government begs people not to ‘push the boundaries’ of the lockdown – and threatens to make it even tougher.
The chief medical officer took to the airwaves to highlight the scale of the threat, saying that there are 30,000 people in hospital compared to the peak of 18,000 in April.
Amid a crackdown on stopping to chat in the street and in shops, Prof Whitty urged people to remember that ‘every unnecessary contact’ was an opportunity for the virus to spread.
He insisted that although the situation in the NHS is the ‘most dangerous situation anyone can remember’ vaccines mean the UK can be back to normal in ‘months not years’ – but he cautioned that the situation is a long way from that currently.
Health: The former TOWIE star, 35, took to Instagram to share an update after her mother and father announced they had been struck down the virus
‘Sending love and luck’: Jess wrote: ‘The fight isn’t over for us yet, we are taking every day as it comes and praying a lot. This new strain seems to be spreading like wildfire’
The intervention came amid fears that the number of daily deaths is on track to rise to 2,000, with Boris Johnson looking at tightening the national lockdown rules even more dramatically if cases keep surging.
The UK announced a further 573 coronavirus deaths yesterday in the highest Sunday rise since April, and the third-deadliest Sunday of the entire pandemic as it emerged as many as one in five of all people in England may have had coronavirus.
It could be as high as one in two people in some areas of east London and Essex, the modelling by Edge Health claims.
Infections also continue to be high, with 54,940 announced yesterday – the thirteenth day in a row they have been above the 50,000 mark.
Escalation: Chief medical officer Chris Whitty took to the airwaves to highlight the scale of the threat, saying that there are 30,000 people in hospital compared to the peak of 18,000 in April