Kolkata, May 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES 26 test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha Bhubaneswar: As many as 26 people, who had recently returned from Surat, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 245, a health department official said.

CAL 2 WB-VIRUS-SOCIAL STIGMA-MORTALITY Social stigma, low testing behind WB's high COVID-19 mortality rate: experts Kolkata: Social stigma and low testing are the key reasons for the high mortality rate among COVID-19 patients in West Bengal, where the disease, like elsewhere in the country, is still an urban phenomenon, experts say.

CAL 3 WB-TMC MP-NICKNAME TMC MP Aparupa Poddar nicknames newborn daughter 'corona' Srirampur: The COVID-19 pandemic might have brought the world to a screeching halt, but that did not stop Trinamool Congress MP Aparupa Poddar from nicknaming her newborn girl 'Corona'.

CAL 4 WB-VIRUS-DISPENSER 'Counting' soap-water dispenser to help wash hands in COVID times! Kolkata: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and the sneaky coronavirus will be hosed down the drain.

CES 1 MG-LIQUOR SALES-REVENUE Meghalaya collects Rs 6-cr revenue from liquor sales amid lockdown relaxations Shillong: The Meghalaya government has collected over Rs 6 crore as revenue from liquor sales after wine shops were allowed to open earlier this week as part of the lockdown relaxations, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.

CES 5 AR-LOCKDOWN-MIGRANTS-PAINT Migrant workers paint Arunachal school that sheltered them free of charge Itanagar: As a mark of gratitude, a group of migrant workers painted, without charging a paisa, a school building in Arunachal Pradesh that sheltered them during the lockdown, an official said on Friday.

CES 7 AS-VIRUS-HOSPITAL Guwahati Medical College closed for new patient admissions after PG student tests positive for COVID-19 Guwahati: The Guwahati Medical College will not admit patients for the next few days after a post graduate student of the state-run facility tested positive for COVID-19, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. PTI RG RG