chrissyg wrote:...They took a photo of one pub where people were outside too close together...
You don't appear to have appreciated what the story was about. It absolutely wasn't "one pub where people were outside too close together". It was a picture along the length of Old Compton Street in Soho, which is about 300 m long and absolutely packed with bars and restaurants. All the surrounding streets are also full of bars and restaurants and were similarly packed with people in the street. Altogether there were thousands of people moving around the area, mingling closely with each other, going in and out of different bars. The fact that it happened is not a media fiction. It was well documented including by the police. It is exactly the sort of situation that caused a spike in cases in Seoul when the government opened up a bar and club area there. They had really effective test-trace-isolate plus tracking, which the UK doesn't currently have, so they managed to suppress the spike very quickly. We will see what happens in this case.
The concern is that release of lockdown will cause an increase in cases. It is events like that in Soho that could cause an increase in cases. People deciding to stay home is not likely to cause an increase in cases. That is why the media report the Soho event and don't report people having a glass of wine with a meal in their own dinning room.
You don't seem to understand the meaning of the word exaggerate. If there are ten people in a park and the media report that there were a thousand people in the park then that is exaggeration. If there are thousands of people circulating around Soho all in close proximity to each other and there is both photographic evidence and independent assessments, the media reporting the fact is not exaggeration. It is simply reporting the worst example of the behaviour that could cause increased spread of the virus. If there was a terrorist attack in London and five people were stabbed would you say the media were exaggerating by reporting it because there weren't any terrorist attacks elsewhere?