Matt Doran opened up about the devastating loss of his grandfather on Saturday.
The Weekend Sunrise host’s grandfather Brian George Doran died in Melbourne last week at the age of 99.
Matt, 37, who lives in Sydney, was forced to say goodbye to him over FaceTime due to both states being in Covid-19 lockdown.
‘I had to say goodbye on FaceTime’: Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (right, with co-host Monique Wright) has revealed he couldn’t be with his dying grandfather in his last moments
‘Just this week, like so many other families across Australia, I lost my grandfather. He’s in Melbourne. It’s not a situation unique to me,’ said the Seven presenter.
‘I had to say goodbye to him via FaceTime in the carpark at the hospital while waiting to get my first [coronavirus] jab. That sort of sums up the experience.’
Matt also won’t be able to attend his grandfather’s funeral due to travel restrictions.
Devastating: Matt’s grandfather Brian George Doran died in Melbourne last week at the age of 99. He was forced to say goodbye to him over FaceTime due to travel restrictions
He went on to discuss the mental health toll of the Covid pandemic.
‘It’s the mental toll now that I think has been taken by so many,’ he said.
‘It’s a bigger problem than just saying how many deaths do we have, how many cases do we have… what is being denied to so many Australians who haven’t seen their loved ones in so long.
‘It’s a big, big problem. Families who are stranded overseas – they can’t come back and see their loved ones.’
Difficult time: Matt won’t be able to attend his grandfather’s funeral due to travel restrictions
Matt continued: ‘Quarantine has to be fixed and we need to deal with this in a much bigger, much more profound way than we are right now.’
Sydney was forced into lockdown from 6pm on June 26 following an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain of Covid.
Meanwhile, Victoria was plunged into its sixth Covid lockdown last Thursday after the state recorded eight new infections.
‘It’s a big problem’: He went on to discuss the mental health toll of the Covid pandemic, saying: ‘It’s the mental toll now that I think has been taken by so many’