Kolkata, Apr 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports record 8,681 new COVID-19 cases, 14 fresh fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 4,44,194 on Friday as the state reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 8,681 new cases, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 2,043, a health department official said.

CAL 3 BH-VIRUS-CHIEF SECRETARY Bihar Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Singh dies of COVID Patna: Bihar Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Singh died of COVID on Friday in a private hospital here.

CES 2 JH-VIRUS-CASES Record 149 single-day deaths push Jharkhand's COVID-19 toll to 2,395 Ranchi: Jharkhand reported a record 149 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, pushing the toll to 2,395, while the tally climbed to 2,21,489 with 8,075 fresh cases, a health department official said on Friday.

CES 3 MZ-VIRUS-CASES Mizoram reports 140 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths Aizawl: Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 6,019 on Friday as 140 more people tested positive for the virus while two new fatalities pushed the death toll to 15, an official said.

CES 4 AR-VIRUS-CASES Arunachal Pradesh logs 194 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 18,256 Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh reported 194 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike, pushing the coronavirus tally to 18,256, a senior health department official said here on Friday.

CES 6 AR-VIRUS-VACCINE Arunachal defers launch of COVID vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 yrs due to 'technical' reasons Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has deferred the roll-out of the COVID-19 inoculation drive for those in the 18-44 years age group from May 1, as the state is facing some 'technical' issues, an official said on Friday.

CES 7 MG-VIRUS-VACCINE Meghalaya urges Centre to provide Rs 120cr fund for 3rd phase of COVID vaccination Shillong: The Meghalaya government has requested the Centre to provide a fund of Rs 120 crore to inoculate people aged between 18 and 44 years in the third phase of the vaccination programme and tackle the second wave of COVID-19 effectively, a minister said on Friday. PTI RG RG