Belfast (AFP) - Ice cream vehicles are normally a commonplace sight on Britain’s residential streets and in parks whilst hotter days arrive within the spring and summer months.

However with the u . S .

. In lockdown due to the coronavirus, there aren't any clients to shop for their cones, ice lollies and choc-ices.

In Belfast, but, at the least one van continues to be working -- bringing essential resources to the aged and susceptible forced to live at home.

"while we had seen that the cutting-edge scenario was starting to rise up, we knew that there could be problems for some families and elderly who can not get get right of entry to to food," said Steven Pollock, of extra Shankill movement for community Transformation group.

The institution asked an ice cream van proprietor to carry components to underneath-served areas with at-chance citizens in self-isolation to avoid infection.

"The network are absolutely over the moon with it," Pollock told AFP. "They’re just concerned about stores and going out in standard."

"It gives them a piece greater peace of mind that it’s basically on their doorstep in order that they’re now not leaving anything to hazard."

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Parked in west Belfast on Wednesday, two employees in rubber gloves and face masks bought lavatory roll, bread, milk and eggs via the hatch.

At some stage in the coronavirus disaster, whipped ice lotions are off the menu at the side of the van as its refrigerators are stocked with crucial foodstuffs.

Drivers still play the cheerful track, which in regular times is the sign for children to pester their dad and mom for a candy treat.

This 12 months it shall we the aged and vulnerable recognize they may now not cross without potatoes, cornflakes or even hand sanitiser -- essentials had to wait out the pandemic in protection.

Some 30 folks that examined nice for coronavirus have died up to now in British-run Northern eire.

The province has 689 showed cases, in keeping with Public fitness organisation (PHA) figures launched Wednesday.

To stem the virus spreading similarly, the British government has recommended the elderly and at risk of self-isolate.

"The important issue we have to do is stop the ailment spreading among households," prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is himself improving from COVID-19, said ultimate week.

Surviving isolation 

For the aged and prone with out a assist community which can create troubles. Every experience to the shop will become a bet.
"they are saying it’s quite reachable, specially for the older humans and those with disabilities and health issues -- they don’t must travel too far," said 21-year-vintage van worker Kyle Milligan.

Those on low earning are also forced to make extra frequent trips as they can not "stockpile" like others have carried out, stripping grocery store shelves.

Throughout Northern ireland, a few 40,000 pensioners live in poverty, according to a 2018 report from charity the Joseph Rowntree foundation.

"a variety of elderly people, or individuals who might not have as a great deal, are only running on a weekly or daily foundation," Pollock stated.

On Wednesday, Northern eire fitness minister Robin Swann anticipated that under a "worst case scenario" 3,000 may die throughout the province over a 20-week epidemic.

If the crisis lasts that lengthy, Pollock is prepared to maintain and enlarge the challenge to serve other regions of Northern eire with greater vans.

"We had been searching at ways which might be long term and sustainable solutions to this, so that it’s now not only a quick reactionary solution," stated Pollock.

"We’re starting to see that human beings want it replicated in the course of the united states of america."