Kolkata, Jul 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 2 JH-VIRUS-CASES 457 new COVID cases in J'khand, 2 deaths Ranchi: There were 457 more novel coronavirus cases in Jharkhand, taking the tally to 8,349 on Monday, while the toll rose to 85 with two more deaths, a government bulletin said.

CAL 3 OD-VIRUS-CASES Over 1,500 new cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 26,892; death toll climbs to 147 Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally shot up to 26,892 with 1,503 fresh cases, while the death toll rose to 147 as seven more people succumbed to the virus, a health department official said on Monday.

CAL 4 TR-VIRUS-DEATH COVID-19: 2 more die in Tripura, 37 fresh cases reported Agartala: Two more COVID-19 patients died in Tripura, taking the state's toll to 13, while 37 new cases pushed its tally to 3,920, a health department official said on Monday.

CAL 5 WB-VHP-AYODHYA 'Sacred' soil, water from Bengal to be sent to Ayodhya for Ram temple 'bhoomi pujan': VHP leader Kolkata: Sacred soil from major temples in West Bengal and holy water from 'sangam', the confluence of the Ganga with other rivers, will be sent to Ayodhya for 'bhoomi pujan' (groundbreaking ceremony) of the Ram temple on August 5, a senior VHP leader here said.

CAL 6 BH-VIRUS-BREATHLESS-HOSPITAL Bihar's COVID hospital gasps for breath as pandemic spreads tantacles Patna: Bodies lying wrapped in linen alongside petrified COVID-19 stricken patients, discarded PPEs in open dustbins making them a veritable storehouse of the deadly coronavirus, and harried attendants rushing from one counter to the other for a slip that would secure their loved ones, gasping for breath, another chance at life.

CAL 7 JH-VIRUS-LALU Lalu tests negative for COVID-19; three of his attendants diagnosed with disease Ranchi/Patna: Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, currently undergoing treatment at a Ranchi hospital for multiple ailments, has tested negative for COVID-19, a senior doctor at the facility said on Monday.

CES 1 AN-VIRUS-CASES 34 fresh COVID-19 cases in Andamans; count rises to 324 Port Blair: Thirty-four more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the Union Territory's caseload to 324 on Monday, health officials said.

CES 2 AR-VIRUS-CASES 32 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; count rises to 1,158 Itanagar: Thirty-two more people, including six ITBP personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state's caseload to 1,158 on Monday, a senior health official said.

CES 5 MG-LOCKDOWN Shillong goes under 72-hour lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases Shillong: A 72-hour lockdown started in Meghalaya's state capital Shillong from Monday amid rising cases of novel coronavirus in the state, officials said. PTI RG RG