The British Army has developed a disinfectant spray that is said to be capable of eliminating 99.99% of the Covid-19 virus in 60 seconds.

Called Virusend spray formula, the disinfectant has been unveiled at a time when the UK is working to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections.

Developed by the innovation experts in the army, the spray is found to be effective in killing SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain causing the pandemic.

Virusend is supplied through the Pritchard Spray Technology-developed ‘Anyway Spray’ bottle, a recyclable system capable of spraying the formula over a wide surface area.

The disinfectant will be available for purchase through online and brick-and-mortar stores, with an expanded roll-out currently being planned.

Around 50,000 bottles of Virusend disinfectant are already being delivered across the country for military personnel working alongside the NHS at testing stations.

It has already been used at Medway and Preston testing sites.

Medway Resilience Unit commander lieutenant colonel James Cackett said: “The troops who are now working in Medway have welcomed the deployment of this additional force protection measure. Virusend is proving easy to use and will help us keep our work areas safe for everyone.”

Pritchard Spray Technology CEO Michael Pritchard said: “This pioneering spray will change the way we combat this and all future pandemics. This has been a truly unique collaboration that showcases what we the United Kingdom can achieve.

“We want to give the UK the tools it needs to defeat coronavirus and get back on its feet as soon as possible.”

The UK has confirmed more than 1.9 million Covid-1 cases as of 17 December. The death toll in the country stands at 65,618.