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    The mistake took place during Governor Andrew Cuomo's Monday briefing addressing the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the state, which has seen a significant decrease in infection rates over the few past months after being one of the world's COVID-19 hotspots at some point of the pandemic.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday mistakenly displayed a 14-year-old photo of an Orthodox community gathering, claiming that the packed event happened two weeks ago amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The said incident occurred during a coronavirus news briefing addressing outbreaks in some parts of the state. 

    "We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks", Cuomo said.

    The governor showed a slideshow with two photos, one of which was taken in 2006 during the funeral of revered Hassidic Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum in the Orange County village of Kiryas Joel, according to the New York Post.

    "These pictures are just from the past couple of weeks", Cuomo claimed.

    Netizens on Twitter were separated into two groups, with the first criticising Cuomo's claims, while others defended the incident, saying that "the message is current and relevant".

    Senior Cuomo adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement on Twitter that the incident was "a staff error that was caught in real time".

    "This was a staff error that was caught in real time at the presser", Azzopardi tweeted. "It was swapped out with this photo that was taken two weeks ago at the same location. The new slide was up during the last 10 minutes of the press conference".

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