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Mark Wright has opened up on how Covid-19 has "ripped through his family".
The 33 year old's father Mark Snr was hospitalised with the deadly virus right before Christmas. Since then, his brothers have been in hospital battling to beat the horrific illness and Mark's nan, who is in her eighties, has also been in the care of the NHS while his grandad "is struggling at home".
The former TOWIE star explained that he's been afraid of the coronavirus since the beginning of the first lockdown back in March 2020, but "it's not until you see it first hand, with your dad being taken to hospital by ambulance, that it truly hits home."
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Mark explained that it was this moment that he thought there was a possibility he may never be able to see his father again as he wrote in The Sun Online: "It’s at moments like that you think, ‘I may never see my dad again’.
"All you can do is hope for the best."
He added: "I’m praying every night that they all make a full recovery."
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The TV personality went on to explain that his dad is now "on the mend" and recovering from the symptoms at home, but he's not 100 per cent better yet.
He then pleaded with the public to stick to the Government advice and restrictions.
"Having seen how it has affected my family, the conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers – including some of my friends – frustrate the life out of me when they dismiss the virus and say death counts are not accurate when they say stuff like “died with” not “died of”," he said.
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Mark, whose ex Lauren Goodger recently likened the virus to a cold and said she refuses to take vaccine or wear a mask, continued: "I understand some of the stats might not be 100 per cent right, I understand that some people are asymptomatic and some people think it’s less than a cold, because it is – for some.
"But we’ve all seen the death counts, and they are terrifying."
He continued: "So my message is listen to the Government and listen to people that have been in a situation like myself, and then please stick to the rules."
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Mark added: "The people who are breaking the rules with parties need to behave, or they’re going to be having to attend illegal get-togethers even longer.
"We’ve all broken rules in our lives, but when it comes to a virus that’s killing people, now’s not the time."
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