Hulk Hogan sparks backlash for suggesting coronavirus is punishment from God: ‘Maybe we don’t need a vaccine’

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan is facing criticism after suggesting that the coronavirus pandemic is a punishment from God and “we don’t need a vaccine”.

On Monday, the WWE star shared his beliefs on Instagram, where he compared the pandemic to the “plagues of Egypt”.

“In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship,” Hogan wrote. “God said: ‘You want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down Civic Centres. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theatres.’”

According to the 66-year-old Hall of Famer, who has more than 1.5m followers on Instagram, God is also punishing those who “worship money” by shutting down the economy and collapsing the stock market, as well as those who don’t want to go to church.

“‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land,’” Hogan continued in the lengthy caption.

According to the most recent figures, there have been 369,179 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, where the virus has killed more than 11,000 people.

*story by The Independent