TEHRAN, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran's health ministry reported on Sunday 405 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the death toll of the pandemic in the country to 66,732.
As reported by the official website of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education between Saturday and Sunday, 21,644 new infections were detected in the country, taking Iran's overall count to 2,237,089.
While 1,785,358 COVID-19 patients have already recovered or been released from hospitals in Iran, 4,766 others in critical conditions are currently being treated in intensive care units, according to official statistics.
As of Sunday, 14,386,423 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran, the ministry further noted in its briefing.
Also, 389,266 first doses and 127,594 second doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered in Iran so far.
Also on Sunday, Iran's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dismissed rumors about a fee to be charged on patients who want to be vaccinated sooner than planned by the government.
"Every authorized COVID-19 vaccine, wherever it is produced or imported from, will be purchased by the ministry of health and will be distributed and inoculated free of charge as part of the National Vaccination Program against COVID-19," Kianush Jahanpour, the FDA's spokesman, was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.
Iran reported first cases of coronavirus in February 2020.