Downing Street hits back at Andy Burnham's suggestion that Boris Johnson was "exaggerating" the seriousness of Covid in the city,
One doctor hit out at "Covid deniers" who have "no idea what's actually happening right now on the ground".
Mayor rejects suggestion the number of cases is doubling every nine days.
City region mayor Andy Burnham has accused the PM of treating the north like a "sacrificial lamb".
Five MPs warn Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak that ordering hospitality to shut will drive gatherings “underground” and have a “devastating” economic impact.
Andy Burnham said "millions of lives" are being "affected by Whitehall diktat".
One barrister has said he was "dubious to say the least" about the possible legal basis of the student lockdown.
Manchester Metropolitan University has confirmed 127 positive cases of Covid-19.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said following a “significant change” in the level of infection rates, Bolton and Trafford will remain under existing restrictions.
The portrait by street artist Akse was daubed with racist graffiti weeks after being painted in the city's Northern Quarter.