A CNN reporter struggled to hold back the tears during a live news report after she ‘grieved’ for the families who have been affected by coronavirus.
Journalist Sara Sidner could barely speak during Tuesday’s segment where she spoke about the Covid-19 crisis in California.
Sara broke down in tears following a news package about how the virus has disproportionately affected Black and Latino families.
A clip that was shown on the programme, centred around a family that had to hold a funeral for its mother in a parking lot.
‘This is the 10th hospital that I have been…,’ Sara began as she choked back the tears.
‘I’m sorry,’ she added. ‘I apologise, I’m going to try to get through this.’
This is heartbreaking (Picture: CNN)
Trying to compose herself, Sara continued: ‘This is the 10th hospital that I have been in, and to see the way that these families have to live after this, and the heartache that goes so far and so wide.’
‘It’s so hard to take,’ she sobbed. ‘I’m sorry Alison.’
News anchor Alisyn Camerota, who was back at the studio rightly responded: ‘No apology needed.
‘We’ve been watching your reporting, on the ground, throughout this horrific year and we have all been struck by the grief, by the collective grief that all of us are in.
‘And to see these families who are soldiering through it, who are persevering and who are having to have these funerals in parking lots, like the ones that you showed us, it is just a collective trauma that all of us are living through.’
News anchor Alisyn told Sara ‘No apology needed’ (Picture: CNN)
Sara ended her report by asking viewers to ‘help each other’ so that we can get ‘through this’.
‘It’s not OK, what we’re doing to each other,’ she concluded.
‘These families should not be going through this. No family should be going through this. So please listen to what this family is saying. Don’t let this be you.
‘Do whatever you can to keep this from killing your family members and your neighbours and your friends and your teachers and doctors and firefighters — all of these people are here to help you, but you have to do your part.’
It comes after it was reported that hospitals in southern California are struggling to cope with the surge in Covid cases as intensive care wards are full and oxygen supplies have run low.
According to The Times, the state’s death toll passed 30,000 yesterday, Johns Hopkins University said, after a weekend in which California recorded nearly 50, 000 new cases in a single day.