Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration - live updates Exclusive: Councils offer Covid jabs to staff before elderly Public against rush to reopen after lockdown, say ministers Allison Pearson: Yes there are heroes in our NHS, but there are problems too Coronavirus latest news: No easing of restrictions until priority groups vaccinated, says Priti Patel Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial The Home Secretary has tried to shift blame for the country's high death toll onto scientific advisers, after data suggested the UK has the world's worst daily death rate. Statistics published yesterday by Our World in Data, an Oxford University research platform, showed that the UK now has the worst seven-day average of new daily Covid-19 deaths per million people - a rate of 16.54 per 1,000,000. Priti Patel told BBC Breakfast "there is no one reason as to why we have an appalling death toll", arguing that "co-morbidities" have made some people "more susceptible to this virus". But when challenged over several of the UK Government's actions - such as locking down too late, PPE supply issues, problems with Test and Trace in the spring and not closing the borders - she said: "I don't think that is right way to contextualise this at all." Ms Patel added: "Government has listened to a range of advice, and followed advice, from professionals and advisers, medical, scientific, from day one in this pandemic. "When it comes to border measures... scientists advised us at the time when coronavirus was incredibly high it would not have made any difference to take border measures... When it came to lockdown, again, we listened to the advice." She stressed it was not "the time to talk about mismanagement", saying there would be an opportunity in the future to "look back... with a degree of humility" at what could have been done differently. Follow the latest updates below.