We salute Kate Garraway and her kids' courage over the last ten hellish weeks

OUR hearts go out to Kate Garraway and her family, as the nation’s do.

We pray her husband Derek pulls through — and salute Kate and her kids’ courage over the last ten hellish weeks.

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Much has changed for Britain in that time.

And the news yesterday on infections is of a huge improvement, down to just one in 1,000 of the population ­outside hospitals and care homes. That’s more than halved in a week.

Derek’s suffering is a grim reminder of how bad the disease can get and how ­vigilant we all still need to be.

We must also focus on the overall risk to the nation.

And that — with social distancing, hand hygiene and the far more routine use of masks — is getting smaller by the day.

Rethink Beeb

GOOD luck to the BBC’s new chief Tim Davie. It needs a reformer, not a safe pair of hands.

The corporation should no longer be funded by a compulsory TV tax.

But if Mr Davie intends to fight for it to survive he should have two priorities:

To restore true impartiality to its news output, ending the blatant bias towards the Remainer liberal-Left — starting with Newsnight — and fairly reflecting the views of millions who put the Tories in power and pay the BBC’s bills.

Banning its news presenters and journalists from social media would be a start.

Mr Davie must further stop the Beeb using its privileged financial position to destroy or damage commercial broadcasters and news organisations.

Without rectifying both, its public funding is doomed.

Brexit U-turn

EVEN the CBI’s Remainers now accept we must not extend our transition period, regardless of the deadlocked Brexit talks.

Why? Because firms need certainty, even the certainty of leaving on WTO terms.

Delaying our final exit further, the CBI says, is “uncertainty magnified”.

That’s one reason the Government won’t do it.

Here’s another: The EU already wants £270million from us to bail out its members over the Covid crisis, a sum Boris Johnson is disputing.

Imagine the vast bill they’ll send us if we spend two more years in Brussels’ grip.

Flights folly

IT’S not too late to scrap the pointless, damaging folly of quarantining incoming air passengers for a fortnight on Monday.

The Government should use the airlines’ legal challenge as an excuse.

It still claims quarantine is “backed by the science” and “essential”.

Really?

It smacks of an under-fire Government knowing the public favours it . . . and seeking an easy win.

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