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Novichok poisoning: British couple critically ill
Posted on 05/07/2018

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British couple exposed to the same deadly poison, Novichok, as the Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March.

British couple exposed to a deadly poison Novichok

British couple exposed to a deadly poison Novichok
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A British couple have been reported to be critically ill because of the nerve agent Novichok, the same poison that nearly killed a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Novichok is one of the most deadly poisons created by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. Within minutes it blocks messages from the nerves to the muscles leading to a full body collapse.

The attack on a Russian spy in Britain led to widespread criticism of the Kremlin and soured relations with the west.

This attack took place in Salisbury in March, which is 12 km away from the home of the British couple Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley in Amesbury.

Neil Basu, Britain's Counter-Terrorism officer put forth the news of Novichok being the reason for the breakdown of the British couple in Whiltshire.

The report was testified by scientists of Porton Down laboratory. They are being treated in England's Salisbury District Hospital where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were previously treated.

Initially it was believed that the patients were ill due to excessive intake of heroin or cocaine. However, after the findings on Novichok, British officials are on high alert.

The locals have been informed about frequent police and medical expert visits and they have been assured that there are no reasons to panic. However, they must be cautious of the environment and consult the doctor if any symptoms appear.

Britain's Counter-Terrorism police are trying to join the dots by not negating the possibility of any connections between the two cases.

Today an emergency cabinet meeting will be held and headed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid in London.