Bhopal, April 30 -- Panchayats in Madhya Pradesh have stopped the entry of outsiders and migrant workers into at least 200 villages for the past one week by sealing borders and setting up quarantine centres to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as 15-20% of fresh infections in the state were reported from rural areas, officials said.

The proportion of infections reported from villages has gone up by nearly four times as it was below 5% in September, according to the state rural development department's data.

In order to curb the rising cases, panchayats have sealed several villages in Bundelkhand, Malwa and central regions as migrant workers began returning to their homes amid curfews and shutdowns imposed by several states and cities.

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