At least 332 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 26,066 a health department official said.

Twenty-three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the total number of cases in the state to 232, officials said on Wednesday.

Days after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb declared Tripura COVID 19-free, the state witnessed an abrupt spike in coronavirus cases with over 130 people testing positive for the disease in just one week since May 2.

The Tripura government has readied 70 beds for COVID-19 patients in two hospitals here and would continue to ramp up its efforts against the pandemic, a state minister said.

Tripura government on Wednesday announced that 6.19 lakh poor families in the state would get free ration for one month in view of the COVID-19 situation and the 21-day lockdown.

A video clip of endangered pythons being slaughtered for its meat at a tribal hamlet in north Tripura district has gone viral on social media, prompting the forest department to order a probe into the incident.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will hear the pleas along with other pending matters coming up for hearing on December 18.

Former PWD minister and CPI-M's Central Committee member Badal Chowdhury, facing an arrest warrant for his alleged role in a scam worth Rs 600 crore in execution of PWD works, was on Wednesday denied anticipatory bail by a court here.