N_, if you will read the Daily Mail (and I note from the links in this thread that it seems very popular with the trivialisers, minimisers and conspiracy theorists), that’s the sort of language you’ll inevitably encounter – and not just about covid-19; about everything. The Mail has also been the foremost health-scare rag for decades; just try a site-specific search on “cancer”.
Yes, the Mail is milking this crisis for all it’s got, spinning like a top, but your quotes aren’t essentially wrong; the death rate is rocketing, hospitals are beyond capacity, the new strain is displacing the others because it’s more infectious.
What the Mail won’t say is that the government acted too late. Again. And that’s why all hopes are now pinned on the vaccines.