New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday interacted with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) through video conference and appealed them to withdraw a symbolic protest against attacks on the healthcare workers. Shah also assured them full security and appreciated their work in this hour of crisis. Also Read - COVID-19: Amit Shah Holds Lockdown Review Meet With Top Officials of Control Room

Notably, the IMA was planning to stage protests against assaults on some doctors and healthcare workers engaged in COVID-19 duties. However, they called off their protest after today’s meeting with Amit Shah today. Also Read - Bandra-like Events Will Weaken India’s Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic, Says Amit Shah

“The home minister appealed to them to not do even a symbolic protest as the government is with the doctors, a home ministry official said. Also Read - 'As Home Minister, I Assure ...', Tweets Amit Shah After PM Modi's Lockdown Speech

This comes amid reports of attacks on healthcare workers and assaults on some doctors engaged in COVID-19 duties in different parts of the country. There have been reports of doctors being abused, beaten and denied entry into residences.

Families of at least two doctors, who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Shillong and Chennai, had faced opposition while performing their last rites as the locals claimed that burying them in their localities may lead to the spread of the infection.

India’s total number of coronavirus positive cases have risen to 19,984.