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>> Put simply, it is unbelievable that we are here today to talk about another Novichok nerve agent incident.>> Britain wants answers from Russia.>> The nerve agent of the type known as Novichok.>> Exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.>> After two British citizens were struck down by a chemical weapon of Russian design.
UK police say the pair had handled a contaminated item, it's the same substance used in the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. The new case is in Amesbury very close to Salisbury where the Skripal's were attacked and the couple are being treated in the same hospital both in critical condition.
>> And I know that many of you will question whether this incident is linked to that one.>> Police say the man and woman thought to be in their mid-40s often visited the area where the Scripal incident took place and that this was probably an after effect.>> I don't have any intelligence or evidence that they were targeted in any way, there was nothing in there background to suggest that at all.
>> So the exposure may have been accidental and as the British government believes Moscow was responsible for the Scripal incident, they're again demanding that Russia come clean about what happened.>>
> Reuters spoke to Julia Scripal after she was released from the hospital in May. She'd been in a coma for 20 days and the long term effects of the Novichok still aren't known.
This time round police say that when the pair were first found in this house on Saturday, it was assumed they were suffering from a bad reaction to illegal drugs. Police didn't publicly raise the threat level until two days later. They've now sealed off areas the pair may have visited, trying to isolate where and how they were exposed.
The Kremlin denies making any use of Novichok in the UK.