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Federal Liberal MP Melissa McIntosh, whose location covers parts of western Sydney including Penrith and St Marys, said the COVID-19 situation had only worsened since the last protests against the NSW lockdown .

More than 1000 police officers will be seen over the weekend, deployed to disrupt people trying to travel to potential protest locations in Sydney.

Liberal MP Melissa McIntosh at the time of questioning.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“You can see how high our numbers are,” Ms McIntosh told the 2GB radio station.

“That rally was a few weeks ago [on July 24], the numbers have only increased since then.

“It’s absolutely rubbish that anyone thinks about putting themselves, their family members or their community at risk and going.”

Twelve Penrith suburbs are considered areas of concern and are under stricter lockdown restrictions including a ban on outdoor recreation and mandatory outdoor face masks.

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Ms McIntosh said the community was having a “really tough time”.

“We didn’t just have a pandemic. We had a flood, we had a fire. This is the latest thing.”

He urged residents to resist looking at their family members, adding that it is his father’s 85th birthday today and he has 20-odd grandchildren who love to celebrate.

“But we have to remember that we’re doing it to protect our elderly people and we’re doing it to protect our family members,” he said.

Of the 681 newly locally acquired COVID-19 cases announced in NSW yesterday, 74 cases were from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, 291 from the Western Sydney LHD and 172 from the South Western Sydney LHD.

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