The coronavirus pandemic represents God’s judgment after an “immoral and corrupt” Government legalised abortion in Northern Ireland, a DUP councillor has said.

John Carson represents Ballymena, Co Antrim, which was the former stronghold of ex-leader and Christian preacher the late Ian Paisley.

His party strongly opposed Westminster legislation liberalising the law surrounding terminations, but his latest comments were made in a personal capacity.

Mr Carson said: “I said when abortion was legalised that our nation would be judged by God because of its departure from his word and the legalisation of the murder of the unborn child as well as same-sex marriage.