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Susanna holds up Mail’s campaigning front page on TV v5

Setting the agenda: TV host with the Mail yesterday
Setting the agenda: TV host with the Mail yesterday

SUSANNA Reid hailed the Daily Mail’s campaign yesterday after breaking down in tears over the story of a mother separated from her child.

The Good Morning Britain presenter said she ‘wholeheartedly supported’ this newspaper’s call for all care home visitors to be tested to allow them to reunite with their loved ones.

She added: ‘It is heartbreaking that families can’t have proper visits with either elderly relatives or younger people.

Yesterday Miss Reid, 49, struggled to hold back tears on air as she read out the story of a woman who has only seen her autistic son twice since February.

The mother, Suzanne Roberts, said: ‘My son is severely autistic, lives in a care home and is distraught that he can’t see me or come home to visit. He is 26, it’s not just the elderly it affects... [I] have seen him a couple of times since February! It’s heartbreaking.’

Miss Reid held up a copy of yesterday’s Mail’s front page as she was overcome with emotion.

Our story highlighted the devastating plight of parents who have been banned from seeing their disabled children since March.

She said: ‘The front of the Daily Mail this morning shows this isn’t just elderly parents. Parents of vulnerable young people in care are now begging to be reunited with their loved ones before Christmas, how come we haven’t put testing in place?

‘These are literally the most vulnerable people in our society - the elderly and children in care. Why has priority not been placed on these people?’ Teenagers and young adults with special needs who live in care have been unable to cuddle or even touch loved ones since March because of Covid-19 rules.

The youngsters are the hidden victims of a callous policy that campaigners say is killing through loneliness - some have not seen either family or friends since lockdown was first imposed.