What are you on about? Murdoch pushing in the other direction? Just look at typical Times coverage of Covid https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-3g6vmvrpt -- could have come straight from the government or the BBC. Latest spreads, how scientists are working to make the jabs, where to get them, the million (hah!) long covid sufferers. Where are the critical articles, where's Mike Yeadon and a whole host of critical doctors and scientists? Fear porn, just like the rest of the MSM.
"The UK government for one are still doing everything they can to minimise it"
based on what? Comments made by BJ over a year ago? Actions count, not words, especially if they're old and irrelevant. Matt Hancock telling us in December only the vulnerable need to be vaccinated and we can go back to normal -- well, where are we now?
And look at your post: endless talk of numbers of infections etc. Just like the emphasis on Saddam's supposed WMD and the danger he presents. No context, no calm rational discussion, no critical voices, just this immediate problem which MUST be dealt with to the exclusion of everything else. Sorry to say, but you're completely taken in.