Naga Munchetty struggles to speak as she gets choked up by guest who lost wife to Covid
15th July 2021

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With Wales, just like the rest of the UK, set to ease Covid restrictions in the coming days and weeks, BBC Breakfast heard from Gwyn whose life had been turned upside down by the virus. Gwyn lost his wife Rita to the virus on New Year’s Day 2021 and is also suffering from long-Covid himself, which has led him to question why the government is pushing through the easing of restrictions that may leave other families at risk of the devastation he’s seen firsthand. After hearing Gwyn talk about his late wife, Naga Munchetty clearly became very emotional as the cameras returned to the BBC studio.

Introducing Gwyn’s interview, Naga said to viewers: “Major changes to Covid rules in Wales have been announced which could mean life returns almost to normality within weeks.”

Co-host Charlie Stayt weighed in: “Some think restrictions are being lifted too quickly. 

“Our reporter Mark Hutchings has been to meet a man who’s still suffering from long-Covid and lost his wife to coronavirus.”

The video of Gwyn’s interview then began to play as Mark told viewers how Gwyn’s wife had died, his mum had been diagnosed with dementia and he’d developed long-Covid all in the space of the last year.

After catching Covid, Gwyn said he was under the impression he’d only lose his temporary warehouse job: “I thought that would be it.”

However, his wife Rita died on New Year’s Day after contracting the virus and went into hospital on December 10.

His mother Betty also caught Covid as well as other medical complications but was eventually discharged.

“Do we really need to push so hard to dispense of so many of the benefits we’ve already accrued?” Gwen questioned as he discussed the proposed new rules.

Pointing to an outbuilding at his house, Gwyn revealed: “This was specifically for my wife, her crafting shed. 

“And she’s standing there at the door, queen of her domain and really -“

Gwyn took a moment to catch his breath as the emotions overcame him.

Eventually, he composed himself to add: “(She was) really happy. Tremendous memory.”

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The camera return to the studio as an emotional Naga tried to introduce Mr Drakeford to discuss the points raised in Gwyn’s interview.

But it soon became clear the heartbreaking story Gwyn told had taken its toll on the BBC presenter.

“That was Gwyn Tovey there,” Naga began before taking a breath.”Ummm, remembering his wife Rita.

“Our thanks go to – “ Naga tried to continue as she quickly became choked up.

“Thanks very much to him and Betty, his mum. Gwyn -“ Naga went on before she took a deep breath.

“Thanks for sharing their story,” she added before eventually turning to Mr Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, to discuss the new Covid rules in the country.

Mr Drakeford joined Naga and Charlie by video link as he was put on the spot about Wales’ approach to lifting restrictions from July 19.

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.

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