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NSW bushfire death toll rises to 21 after Cobargo man dies in hospital

Destroyed buildings in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Source: AAP

An 84-year-old Cobargo man has died in a Sydney hospital almost three weeks after he was caught up in the New Year's Eve bushfires.

The death toll from New South Wales's unprecedented bushfires has climbed to 21 following the death in hospital of an elderly man burned in Cobargo on New Year's Eve.

The 84-year-old was taken from his home on Tuesday December 31 to South East Regional Hospital before he was transferred to Concord Hospital in Sydney where he died in the early hours of Saturday.

"A report will be prepared for the coroner," a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.

The 21 deaths have occurred across NSW since October as a result of the devastating bushfires that have burned through more than five million hectares and destroyed more than 2100 homes.

More to come.

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