Mark Wright says COVID-19 has 'mentally' changed his father

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 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. 

Mark's uncle Eddie, 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 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

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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.    

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

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 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.

'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.

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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

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, i'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.  

The emotional star also begged people to 'buck up their ideas' before slamming anti-vaxxers, adding 'you may not agree with 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

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