Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus update as much-loved Santa parade banned by cops

A much-loved Santa parade has been banned by police – because it is not “essential travel”.

The Scout Scotland Santa Run in Stewarton, which has been running for decades, was halted after officers said the sleigh ride through the town breached lockdown rules.

Police have been branded Scrooge s after putting the skids on the sleigh despite organisers pulling out the stops to eliminate all physical contact.

This meant Santa would merely wave from his truck and children could only wave back from their doorsteps.

It comes after a further 39  coronavirus  deaths were recorded in Scotland overmight.

Nicola Sturgeon  also announced that 897 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the same time, taking the total figure to 102,372.

972 people are in  hospital  being treated for the deadly virus while 50 people remain in intensive care, which is a decrease of 7 since yesterday.

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