Two UK civilians have been exposed to a nerve agent used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal

Britain’s counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday that two people whoare critically ill in hospital in Wiltshire were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the same toxin that was used in an attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

The man and woman, both British, were found unwell at a house in Amesbury on Saturday, close to Salisbury where Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with nerve agent in March.

England’s Chief Medical Officer said the risk to the general public remained low after a man and woman became exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in southern England.

“These two patients are in a critical condition following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok,” Sally Davies told reporters.

“As the country’s chief medical officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low.”

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