Through Central Asian countries, Beijing is fast realising its dream of connecting nations from Pakistan to Poland to China and reviving the ancient Great Silk Road, outpacing both the US and Russia.
The update raised the number of deaths in mainland China to 1,886 and the total confirmed cases to 72,436.
China's biggest political meeting of the year is scheduled in March and the standing committee for National People's Congress is seeking its delay. Meanwhile, health officials are urging recovered patients to donate blood for treating critically ill.
The blast in the capital of Balochistan province also wounded 35 people. Officials say the death toll could rise as some wounded were reported to be in critical condition.
The gathering comes at a time of heightened anticipation of a possible peace deal between the Taliban and the US and a number of high profile Afghan, American and UN leaders will attend.
Seventy more people were confirmed with the virus on board the Diamond Princess on Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355, the most anywhere outside China.
In its daily update, the province Hubei's health commission also reported 1,933 new cases while at least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for "enhanced dialogue" between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir while calling for "full respect for humans rights and continental freedoms" in the region.
A taxi driver died from COVID-19 in Taiwan, officials say marking first such death on island and fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that IMF says could damage global growth.
Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato earlier voiced worries that the rising infection count among the nation's general population could mean the virus's spread has entered a new phase.
More than 68,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei province in December before spreading across the country and some two dozen countries.
France reports Europe's first death from new virus –– a Chinese tourist from Hubei province –– while WHO hails Beijing's efforts for having "bought the world time."
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